Posts Tagged ‘judicial’

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 […] [...]

Ex-judge disciplined, but not barred, by Supreme Court

SENATOBIA — The Mississippi Supreme Court has disciplined a former youth-court judge for misconduct but says it cannot constitutionally bar Leigh Ann Darby from holding a future judicial office. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance is charged with investigating allegations of misconduct by judges. By law, it recommends discipline to the Supreme Court, which has […] [...]

Eaton, Triumph settle lawsuit that brought down a judge

JACKSON — Power management company Eaton Corp. will pay $147.5 million to settle a long-running trade secret dispute with aerospace firm Triumph Group that exploded into scandal after Eaton lawyers paid to improperly influence an ex-Mississippi state judge who eventually served prison time. The joint settlement announcement yesterday by the companies covered the monetary terms […] [...]

Ex-contractor’s bank fraud trial postponed

SOUTHAVEN — The sentencing hearing for a former Southaven contractor who admitted to submitting fake invoices to a bank for work at a subdivision his company never built has been delayed until an unspecified date. The Commercial Appeal reports James Harris was scheduled for sentencing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, but his lawyers […] [...]

Justices: LCD price-fixing case can be heard in state court

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Mississippi can pursue claims of price-fixing against a manufacturer of LCD screens in state court. The justices today reversed a lower court ruling that blocked the state-court suit against AU Optronics Corp. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for the court, said the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit […] [...]

Judicial realignment means closure of historic courtroom

MERIDIAN — The city of Meridian’s only federal courtroom — the site of historical civil rights cases more than four decades ago — will close under legislation passed by the U.S. Senate and sent to President Barack Obama. The courtroom is located on the second floor of the U.S. Post Office building in downtown Meridian. […] [...]

Real estate developer to plead guilty to wetlands violation

HANCOCK COUNTY — A real estate developer set for trial on charges of wetlands and Clean Water Act violations in Hancock County has notified court officials he plans to plead guilty to a reduced charge. Federal court records show William R. “Rusty” Miller, of Fairhope, Ala., plans to accept a plea agreement on a charge […] [...]

Cities’ sewage rate dispute remanded to Chancery Court

HATTIESBURG — A legal dispute over sewage treatment between the cities of Petal and Hattiesburg has been remanded back to Forrest County Chancery Court from U.S. District Court. The Hattiesburg American reports U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett signed the order after both Petal and Hattiesburg stipulated to the withdrawal of Petal’s claims made under federal […] [...]

Supreme Court tosses doctor’s breach of contract lawsuit

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has thrown out a $2.27-million judgment for a doctor in a breach of contract lawsuit. The court ordered a new hearing in Hinds County on the issue of damages. Dr. Adolfo Morales, an ophthalmologist, had alleged Central Mississippi Medical Center breached a physician recruitment contract in 2004, which would […] [...]

Hospital board appealing racial discrimination verdict

GREENWOOD — The majority-black Greenwood Leflore Hospital Board is appealing an $82,000 award to a white attorney who argued he was a victim of discrimination. George Dulin claims he was pushed out of his job as the hospital board’s attorney in 2006 because of his race. He was awarded $82,000 by a federal jury in […] [...]

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