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Three Appeals Court judges to run unopposed for reelection

JACKSON — Three incumbent judges on the Mississippi Court of Appeals head into the fall general election unopposed. Nobody signed up by Friday’s qualifying deadline for the three seats currently held by Jimmy Maxwell of Oxford, Kenny Griffis of Ridgeland and Virginia Carlton of Columbia. The races are nonpartisan. There are no primaries. The general […] [...]

Ex-DMR director wants more time before sentencing for corruption

BILOXI — The former head of Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources has joined his son and another defendant in asking a federal judge to hold off sentencing him on corruption charges. Bill Walker is scheduled for sentencing June 5 but wants a six-week delay. The motion indicates federal prosecutors don’t oppose the postponement to resolve […] [...]

Deadline for nonpartisan judicial candidates approaching

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The qualifying deadline is tomorrow for Mississippi’s the nonpartisan judicial races on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election. On the ballot will be races for three Mississippi Court of Appeals judgeships and county, chancery and circuit judges across the state. The candidates run without party affiliation. The three incumbent members […] [...]

Judge rules — no ombudsman for bankrupt hospital

NATCHEZ — A federal bankruptcy judge has declined to appoint a patient care ombudsman for Natchez Regional Medical Center. The Natchez Democrat reports Bankruptcy Judge Neil P. Olack said he would look at the issue again if someone brings a patient care issue to him. The hospital’s bankruptcy attorney, Eileen Shaffer of Jackson, had argued […] [...]

Man indicted, accused of bankruptcy fraud

JACKSON — A Jackson man was indicted Wednesday on charges that he defrauded his bankrupt business of more than $9 million. William “Butch” Dickson faces charges in U.S. District Court in Jackson. The 58-year-old is being held without bond in Mississippi, and a court appearance was set for Tuesday. Federal prosecutors say that after Dickson’s […] [...]

Dickie Scruggs goes to halfway house to await release

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Disbarred Mississippi attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs has been moved to a halfway house in Montgomery, Ala., as he awaits release after serving time in a federal prison for a judicial corruption conviction. The 67-year-old Scruggs was sentenced to seven years in 2009 for allegedly influencing former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter […] [...]

Two men lose appeal of health care bribery, kickback charges

BATESVILLE — A federal appeals court has reinstated the convictions of two men involved in a case of bribery and kickbacks involving a north Mississippi hospital. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled yesterday in cases against Ray Shoemaker and Lee Garner. The government alleges Shoemaker, a […] [...]

Delta case manager gets prison time for Medicaid fraud

GREENVILLE — A Greenville resident is going to prison for Medicaid fraud. Attorney General Jim Hood says Marguerite Wilson, 31, of Greenville, appeared before Judge Ashley Hines in Washington County Circuit Court yesterday to be sentenced after pleading guilty to three counts of Medicaid Fraud in January. Wilson was sentenced to five years in prison, […] [...]

Another county court launches e-filing service

MERIDIAN — Lauderdale County Chancery Court began accepting voluntary e-filing of court documents on Feb. 3. E-filing will become mandatory on March 3, according to an order signed by Chancellors Jerry Mason and Lawrence Primeaux. Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr., who has spearheaded development of an e-filing and documents management system for state […] [...]

Judge dismisses Kmart/Kroger flooding case

CORINTH — A federal judge has dismissed Kmart Corporation’s lawsuit over flood damage to one of its stores in Corinth. U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson ruled Kmart has insufficient evidence to support its arguments that the Kroger Company store in Corinth caused the neighboring Kmart to flood. Kmart sued the city of Corinth and Kroger […] [...]

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