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Judge tosses lawsuit over crossover voting in GOP runoff

LAUREL — A Mississippi judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a supporter of Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel aimed at preventing crossover voting in yesterday’s GOP runoff. Ronald W. Swindall filed the lawsuit Monday in chancery court in Jones County. Yesterday, he asked Chancery Judge Deborah Gambrell to dismiss the lawsuit and she did. […] [...]

Judge rules against MDA’s regulations on offshore leases

GULF OF MEXICO — A Hinds County judge says the state must write a better economic impact statement on proposed offshore natural gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound before it can enact rules to lease areas that could be drilled. “A cursory reading of the EIS finds that it is severely […] [...]

Walker, Janus get jail time for misusing funds at DMR

HATTIESBURG — The former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources director yesterday was sentenced to the maximum of five years in prison and fined for helping steer $210,000 in federal money to buy out a waterfront lot owned by his son. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett also ordered 69-year-old Bill Walker to serve three years of […] [...]

Delta native nominated for Massachusetts Supreme Court

GREENVILLE — Appeals court judge Geraldine Hines, a self-described child of the segregated South with more than 40 years of legal experience in Boston, was nominated Friday by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state’s highest court. If confirmed by the Governor’s Council, Hines, 66, would be the first black […] [...]

Judge rules for city in dispute over bonds for church

DIAMONDHEAD — A judge has ruled Diamondhead officials can issue a $1.28 million public bond to buy the former church building they have has been using as city hall. The Sun Herald reports Harrison County Chancellor Carter Bise ruled in the city’s favor. The Diamondhead Taxpayers Association has objected to the bond issue. The city […] [...]

Judge Brown’s investiture to be held in Greenville

GREENVILLE — An investiture ceremony will be held for U.S. District Judge Debra M. Brown on June 20 in Greenville. The ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Washington County Convention Center. Brown is the first African American woman to serve as a federal judge in Mississippi. She presides over cases in the Northern […] [...]

Judge: Owners of Macondo well cannot avoid oil spill fines

NEW ORLEANS — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company’s failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […] [...]

Justice Court judge announces retirement, cites health issues

TUPELO — Longtime Lee County Justice Court Judge Pat Carr is resigning effective May 31. Carr cited health reasons in his resignation letter to the board of supervisors Monday. A special election to fill the remainder of the term is scheduled for Nov. 4. The job pays $47,844 annually. Supervisors appointed Tupelo attorney Dennis Voge […] [...]

Ricin letter suspect stuns court, withdraws guilty plea

ABERDEEN — James Everett Dutschke is not going easily. The Mississippi man who pleaded guilty in January to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others changed his mind yesterday, asking a judge to withdraw his plea just before sentencing. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock did not rule immediately on the request, telling the […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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