Posts Tagged ‘justice’

PSC delays Kemper power plant hearing; Blanton files motion

JACKSON  — The Mississippi Public Service Commission today delayed hearings on whether Mississippi Power Co. has spent prudently in building the $5.5 billion Kemper County power plant. Prudency hearings are a key step in the company collecting from its 186,000 ratepayers to pay for the plant, even though rates have already risen 18 percent. The […] [...]

Judge Gargiulo resigns for federal magistrate post

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Supreme Court says Judge John Gargiulo has resigned from the Second Circuit Court bench to become a federal magistrate for the Southern District of Mississippi. Spokeswoman Beverly Pettigrew Kraft says Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. appointed retired Harrison County Court Judge Michael Ward of Gulfport to fill the vacancy through […] [...]

State appeals campaign finance law ruling

OXFORD — The state of Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling that part of its campaign finance law creates an unconstitutional burden for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. The case will be argued Sept. 3 before the 5th […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Ex-state employee gets jail time for embezzling from school

RICHTON — A former state employee is going to prison for embezzlement and forgery, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Rhonda Gleason, 49, of Richton, was sentenced by Judge Billy Joe Landrum in the First Judicial District of Jones County after pleading guilty to two counts of embezzlement and one count of forgery. The crimes […] [...]

Court of Appeals blocks provision in new state abortion law

JACKSON — Mississippi’s governor and attorney general will have to decide whether to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that is keeping the state’s only abortion clinic in business. A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 yesterday to block a 2012 Mississippi law that requires abortion doctors to obtain admitting […] [...]

Supreme Court deals blow to McDaniel’s election challenge

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court said yesterday that it won’t reconsider its ruling that voters’ birthdates must be redacted before poll books are opened for public inspection. State Sen. Chris McDaniel had asked the nine justices to hold a hearing and reconsider the ruling they issued last week. Yesterday, the court said no. Two […] [...]

Walker sentenced to 18 months for fraud, conspiracy

HATTIESBURG — Ocean Springs businessman Scott Walker was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in federal prison for his role in defrauding the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the city of D’Iberville. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett also ordered Walker to pay $390,000 in restitution, the amount he admitted netting through the two schemes, and […] [...]

Judge to hear from True the Vote as McDaniel attempts to overturn loss to Cochran

JACKSON — A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments tomorrow in a lawsuit filed by a group seeking Mississippi voter records. U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas of Texas will be in Jackson to hear arguments by True the Vote organization. The lawsuit seeks access to nine counties’ voter rolls as Chris McDaniel gathers […] [...]

Delta school gets more time to reply to accreditation audit

GREENWOOD — The Greenwood school district will get six more days to respond to a report by the Mississippi Department of Education that claims widespread violations of state standards occurred in the district. Mississippi’s Commission on School Accreditation voted yesterday to give Greenwood until Monday to reply to a 46-page state accreditation audit. The commission […] [...]

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