Posts Tagged ‘court’

Group, lesbian couples look to overturn state’s ban on same-sex marriages

JACKSON — A gay-rights group and two lesbian couples have filed a federal lawsuit to try to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage in Mississippi. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson by Campaign for Southern Equality; Rebecca “Becky” Bickett and her longtime partner, Andrea Sanders, who were denied a Mississippi marriage […] [...]

State renews battle over water use with city of Memphis

JACKSON — The U.S Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi to filed a new lawsuit alleging Memphis, Tennessee, is stealing water from the state. The Supreme Court yesterday invited Solicitor General Don Verrilli’s office to file a brief on behalf of the U.S. government. Verrilli is the […] [...]

Saul to lead new Office of Drug Court Compliance

JACKSON — A veteran law enforcement officer will lead the newly created Office of Drug Court Compliance. William T. Saul of Crystal Springs will supervise a team responsible for helping the state’s drug courts to implement best practices. Three other people are expected to be hired in the near future. Saul said that the compliance […] [...]

Judge gets more time to fight efforts to remove him from office

TUPELO — A Lee County justice court judge has until Nov. 17 to argue to the Mississippi Supreme Court why he should not be removed from office for transgressions outlined in a complaint filed by a judicial watchdog group. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance recommended in September that Judge Rickey Thompson be removed from […] [...]

Grand juries charge seven with election violations

HATTIESBURG — Twelfth Circuit Court District Attorney Patricia Burchell says Forrest County grand juries have charged seven people with misdemeanors in Hattiesburg’s two mayoral elections last year. Burchell tells WDAM-TV that she cannot say who was indicted because the people have not been served with the indictments. She said in a news release that she […] [...]

Court rules in dispute over Coast condo/yacht club development

KILN — The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld a state judge’s decision that all of Nicola Road in Hancock County is a public thoroughfare. The Supreme Court’s decision means Jourdan River Estates, LLC can begin the development of 472-unit condo and yacht club development on the Jourdan River. Jourdan River Estates, LLC owns 269 acres […] [...]

BP makes its case for the firing of oil spill administrator

NEW ORLEANS — A move by oil giant BP to have a court fire the administrator of a damage claims settlement arising from the 2010 BP oil spill was opposed yesterday by the administrator as well as by lawyers for Gulf Coast interests claiming harm from the disaster. BP had filed a federal court motion […] [...]

Bryant hires ex-MDEQ leader Fisher as consultant

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has hired the former director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality as a consultant. The contract with Trudy Fisher, dated Sept. 5, says she will advise the governor on energy policy, environmental and restoration policy and provide support in court cases. The agreement is good for six months and […] [...]

Man bargaining with prosecutors in Rose Cochran photo case

CANTON — Prosecutors say they are in plea bargain talks with a man allegedly involved in plotting to take unauthorized photos of Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife during the Republican primary campaign. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest tells the Madison County Journal the talks could result in Richard Sager, a teacher from Laurel, testifying […] [...]

South Mississippi woman pleads guilty to bank, wire fraud

PICAYUNE — A Picayune woman has pleaded guilty in connection with a fraud scheme in New Orleans. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office says 50-year-old Kim Parish entered the plea yesterday to charges of bank fraud and wire fraud. Prosecutors said Parish worked as an accountant for a New Orleans information technology services business, which she […] [...]

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