Posts Tagged ‘Jim Hood’

Mississippi Supreme Court to hear case involving tort damage cap

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court is being asked to overturn a state judge’s ruling that a legislatively imposed cap on how much juries can award in non-economic damages is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Charles Webster in Coahoma County issued the ruling in 2012 in a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages in the death of a […] [...]

Woman found guilty of murder in buttocks injection case

JACKSON — A Mississippi woman has been convicted of murder in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to a Georgia woman’s death. The state attorney general’s office said in a statement that a jury deliberated about five hours before finding Tracy Lynn Garner, 54, guilty of depraved-heart murder and conspiracy to commit wire […] [...]

Judicial candidates put on ballot after rejection of challenges

JACKSON — Mississippi elections officials yesterday rejected requests to keep two judicial challengers off the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Attorneys for Circuit Judge Lee Coleman in Clay, Oktibbeha, Lowndes and Noxubee counties questioned whether challenger Monique Brooks Montgomery meets residency requirements to run. The state Board of Elections Commissioners said she does. The commission […] [...]

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 […] [...]

State to receive $35M from settlement with Pfizer

JACKSON — Mississippi will receive $532,675 part of a $35 million settlement with a Pfizer Inc. subsidiary over the marketing of an organ-transplant drug. Mississippi and 41 other states are involved in the settlement with Pfizer, the parent company of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. The deal resolves allegations Wyeth misrepresented the uses of the drug Rapamune. […] [...]

Water utilities balk at free hook-ups for domestic abuse victims; Presley offended

JACKSON — Water utilities said yesterday that the Mississippi Public Service Commission doesn’t have the power to force them to allow victims of domestic abuse to hook up utilities without immediately paying deposits. And some representatives said it wasn’t a good idea anyway, saying the commission was singling out “a special group” that could cause […] [...]

State appeals campaign finance law ruling

OXFORD — The state of Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling that part of its campaign finance law creates an unconstitutional burden for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. The case will be argued Sept. 3 before the 5th […] [...]

Ex-state employee gets jail time for embezzling from school

RICHTON — A former state employee is going to prison for embezzlement and forgery, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Rhonda Gleason, 49, of Richton, was sentenced by Judge Billy Joe Landrum in the First Judicial District of Jones County after pleading guilty to two counts of embezzlement and one count of forgery. The crimes […] [...]

Pickwick Pines settles lawsuit; pays $260K

IUKA — Pickwick Pines Resort and its owner have agreed to pay $260,000 to settle a consumer protection lawsuit that the state attorney general filed in federal bankruptcy court. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the resort’s owner, David McMeans, will pay $10,000 to the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Fund. He also will pay […] [...]

Police find Attorney General Hood’s stolen handgun

JACKSON — Jackson police have recovered a handgun stolen several weeks ago from the personal vehicle of Attorney General Jim Hood. The gun was found at the home of a 72-year-old man involved in a domestic dispute, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green said the gun and other personal items were stolen […] [...]

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