Posts Tagged ‘judicial’

Doctor charged with trying to kill attorney back in court

GREENWOOD — A Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case is scheduled to be in court in Greenwood today for a hearing on the progress of his mental evaluation. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Dr. Arnold Smith has been undergoing a court-ordered mental evaluation at the Mississippi State Hospital since June. Smith’s trial has been […] [...]

Oil spill trial begins look into how much oil leaked into Gulf

NEW ORLEANS — The focus of a trial over BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shifted to the multibillion-dollar question of how much crude gushed from BP’s blown-out well. Lawyers for BP and the federal government began Monday presenting U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with conflicting scientific theories to explain their […] [...]

Prosecutors: Hospice owner bilked Medicare for millions

GREENWOOD — Newly released court records claim the owner of a Mississippi hospice ran a multimillion Medicare fraud and used some of the money to buy 20 cars since December 2009. The details about Angelic Hospice in Greenwood and its owner’s purchases were outlined in a 27-page document dated Feb. 19 but only made public […] [...]

Judge suspends some oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ordered the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement over BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill to immediately suspend making settlement offers and payments to some businesses that claim the company’s 2010 oil spill cost them money. U.S. District Carl Barbier issued Thursday’s order a day after an appeals court reversed […] [...]

Supreme Court reprimands, fines judge

SMITH COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a public reprimand and fine for a judge who was accused of failing to disclose a potential conflict in a Smith County asbestos case that resulted in a $322 million verdict. In May 2011, attorneys for Union Carbide Corporation said Circuit Judge Eddie H. Bowen neglected […] [...]

Hood could appeal ruling on campaign finance law

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says he might appeal a federal judge’s ruling that part of Mississippi’s campaign finance law creates an unconstitutional burden for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock ruled Monday that the state may require some level […] [...]

City suing Hercules for pollution at shuttered plant site

HATTIESBURG — The City of Hattiesburg is suing Hercules Inc. and parent company Ashland Inc., claiming groundwater contamination from a closed factory may leach into the city’s water supply. The city filed suit Thursday in federal court in Hattiesburg. “The city is exercising its right and taking the opportunity to protect its citizens and protecting […] [...]

Hinds County judge blocks state takeover of Delta schools

LEFLORE COUNTY — Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd has blocked the state’s takeover of the Leflore County school district. Kidd ruled today that the district is owed a formal hearing before the state can depose the current superintendent and school board. The state has said it used another section of state law and no […] [...]

Supervisor candidate files motion to delay election certification

JACKSON — A candidate for the Hinds County Board of Supervisors has challenged the special election for District 2, alleging vote tampering. David Archie of Jackson filed a motion Friday asking Hinds County Circuit Court to delay certifying the election results, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Unofficial totals put him third among nine candidates in the Democratic […] [...]

Dupree claims victory in Hub City mayoral race

HATTIESBURG — Johnny Dupree has apparently won a fourth term as mayor of Hattiesburg. After affidavit ballots were tallied Saturday at Hattiesburg City Hall, DuPree, a Democrat, had received 7,512 votes to 7,305 votes for independent challenger Dave Ware. DuPree and Ware, along with Shawn O’Hara, faced off in a special mayoral election Tuesday. Specially […] [...]

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