Posts Tagged ‘justice’

Grand juries charge seven with election violations

HATTIESBURG — Twelfth Circuit Court District Attorney Patricia Burchell says Forrest County grand juries have charged seven people with misdemeanors in Hattiesburg’s two mayoral elections last year. Burchell tells WDAM-TV that she cannot say who was indicted because the people have not been served with the indictments. She said in a news release that she […] [...]

Court rules in dispute over Coast condo/yacht club development

KILN — The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld a state judge’s decision that all of Nicola Road in Hancock County is a public thoroughfare. The Supreme Court’s decision means Jourdan River Estates, LLC can begin the development of 472-unit condo and yacht club development on the Jourdan River. Jourdan River Estates, LLC owns 269 acres […] [...]

BP makes its case for the firing of oil spill administrator

NEW ORLEANS — A move by oil giant BP to have a court fire the administrator of a damage claims settlement arising from the 2010 BP oil spill was opposed yesterday by the administrator as well as by lawyers for Gulf Coast interests claiming harm from the disaster. BP had filed a federal court motion […] [...]

Man bargaining with prosecutors in Rose Cochran photo case

CANTON — Prosecutors say they are in plea bargain talks with a man allegedly involved in plotting to take unauthorized photos of Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife during the Republican primary campaign. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest tells the Madison County Journal the talks could result in Richard Sager, a teacher from Laurel, testifying […] [...]

Former trucker driver pleads guilty to bribery in Georgia

LUCEDALE — Federal prosecutors say a former driver for a national trucking company has pleaded guilty to bribing officials at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia, for contracting work. Prosecutors say 54-year-old David R. Nelson of Lucedale pleaded guilty to bribery of a public official and will be sentenced at a later date. […] [...]

Hosemann’s report on crossover voting could hurt McDaniel’s challenge; group drops lawsuit

JACKSON — Fewer than 900 Mississippi voters might have cast a ballot in one party’s primary June 3 and then improperly crossed over to vote in other party’s runoff three weeks later, according to a new report by the state’s top elections official. That finding by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is significantly lower than […] [...]

KiOR denies ex-director’s claims of problems with company’s technology

COLUMBUS — A former director of biofuel maker KiOR says he tried to warn other board members about problems with KiOR’s technology to turn wood chips into an oil substitute, claims that could damage the company’s defense in shareholder lawsuits and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. KiOR denies Paul O’Connor’s claims, saying he was […] [...]

Ex-judge pleads guilty to witness tampering; faces 20 years in prison

MONTICELLO — A former Mississippi Chancery Court judge pleaded guilty yesterday to a federal charge of obstruction of justice. Joe Dale Walker, 61, of Monticello, pleaded in connection to witness tampering alleged in documents filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Don Always said […] [...]

Hood asks justices to toss Musgrove-led MAEP lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 21 school districts that argues Mississippi owes them $230 million in education aid and demands an end to future shortfalls. In papers filed yesterday in Hinds County Chancery Court, Hood’s office wrote that even though a 2006 law says Mississippi’s school […] [...]

Judge: Homeowners eligible to share damages in Chinese drywall case

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court. Notices of U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon’s order were […] [...]

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