Posts Tagged ‘court’

Bench trial to begin today over land for dusky gopher frog

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge is hearing arguments on the claim that federal wildlife officials made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in Louisiana as critical habitat for an endangered burrowing frog. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman scheduled a bench trial today for the challenge to the U.S. […] [...]

Teacher exam fraud case ends; four agree to stop teaching

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four people caught in a teacher certification test fraud scandal have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving a long-running scam that affected students in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, prosecutors said yesterday. Janett Dixon, of Northport, Alabama; Corey Holmes, of Metcalfe; Charles Ray Lee, of Magee; and Nia Kimble-Harris of […] [...]

Former DMR manager pleads guilty to embezzlement

BILOXI — A former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources manager has pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges. WLOX-TV reports District Attorney Joel Smith said Tina Shumate admitted to signing false documents related to DMR travel on two separate occasions and receiving money for repayment of expenses that were not actually incurred. Circuit Court Judge Roger T. […] [...]

Wisconsin man pleads guilty to illegal wildlife trapping

ABERDEEN — A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to taking illegally harvested wildlife pelts out of Mississippi. Peter Jesunas, 32, of Shiocton, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate David Sanders in Aberdeen. He was fined $10,000 and ordered not to hunt or trap anywhere worldwide for three years while on probation. He was also ordered […] [...]

Retired judge to oversee Miss. election challenge

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS JACKSON, Mississippi — A retired chancery judge from Lucedale will oversee a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s victory in a Republican primary runoff. The state Supreme Court on Friday appointed retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee to handle the case that state Sen. Chris McDaniel filed Thursday in Jones County. McDaniel […] [...]

Court ruling on Section 42 leaves taxpayers on hook for tax repayments

JACKSON — While some 14 Mississippi counties owe Section 42 housing developers millions in over-charged taxes, Hinds County’s taxpayers are not exposed to such refunds as the tax assessor has levied assessments according to the state law. Tax Assessor Charles Stokes said Hinds County taxpayers can rest assured his office has calculated property taxes appropriately. […] [...]

McDaniel files challenge to Senate runoff loss to Cochran

ELLISVILLE — A tea party-backed candidate asked a Mississippi court yesterday to declare him the winner of the June 24 Republican runoff against incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran or order a new election. State Sen. Chris McDaniel sued yesterday in state court in his own home of Jones County. The Mississippi Supreme Court will appoint […] [...]

State petitioning court to uphold abortion clinic law

JACKSON — Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges. In late July, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the law is unconstitutional because it would close Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. Democratic Attorney General […] [...]

McDaniel to file formal challenge to loss to Cochran in primary

ELLISVILLE — A campaign spokesman said tea party-backed Chris McDaniel will file a lawsuit today to challenge his Republican primary loss to six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. Spokesman Noel Fritsch said yesterday the circuit court lawsuit will be filed in McDaniel’s home of Jones County. Today is the deadline for such a challenge to be […] [...]

Lightning strike forces delay in abortion clinic hearing

JACKSON — Saying a Sunday lightning strike disabled its lawyers’ computers, the state of Mississippi requested and was granted an extra day to ask the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision that struck down a law that would have closed Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. A court clerk approved the extension […] [...]

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