Posts Tagged ‘judge’

Judge intends to rule on McDaniel’s challenge before general election

LAUREL — A judge presiding over a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s victory in a Republican primary runoff says his intention is to have the case settled in time for the November general election. Retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee of Lucedale held a status conference in the case today in Laurel. In his lawsuit, […] [...]

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. […] [...]

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. […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Ex-attorney gets jail time for stealing from Veterans Affairs

PEARL — A former Mississippi attorney has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for the theft of funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Federal prosecutors say in a news release that 45-year-old Jason Zebert of Pearl was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves Jr. In addition to prison […] [...]

PSC delays Kemper power plant hearing; Blanton files motion

JACKSON  — The Mississippi Public Service Commission today delayed hearings on whether Mississippi Power Co. has spent prudently in building the $5.5 billion Kemper County power plant. Prudency hearings are a key step in the company collecting from its 186,000 ratepayers to pay for the plant, even though rates have already risen 18 percent. The […] [...]

Judge Gargiulo resigns for federal magistrate post

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Supreme Court says Judge John Gargiulo has resigned from the Second Circuit Court bench to become a federal magistrate for the Southern District of Mississippi. Spokeswoman Beverly Pettigrew Kraft says Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. appointed retired Harrison County Court Judge Michael Ward of Gulfport to fill the vacancy through […] [...]

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