Posts Tagged ‘justice’

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 […] [...]

Appeals Court upholds attorney’s discrimination award

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

Coast man gets nearly 13 years for trying to trade bar for cocaine

GULFPORT — A man who agreed to swap a bar he owned for more than 26 pounds of cocaine has been sentenced to 12 years and 11 months in prison. The Sun Herald reports that 33-year-old Victor Darnell Williams was sentenced Thursday. His prison term will be followed by five years of post-release supervision. Williams […] [...]

Aycock named chief federal judge in north Mississippi

OXFORD — U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock is the new chief judge for the federal court in north Mississippi. She succeeds U.S. District Judge Michael Mills whose seven-year term as the court’s leader ended this past week. Mills will continue to serve on the court. The northern district court is headquartered in Oxford. It is […] [...]

Waveland businessman guilty of failing to file taxes

WAVELAND — A Mississippi vendor for the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana has pleaded guilty to failing to file taxes. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr. says 36-year-old Kendall O. Marquar, of Waveland, entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan to one count of willfully failing to file taxes. According to court […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Two men accused of photographing Cochran’s wife released from jail

MADISON — Two men charged with conspiring to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s ailing wife were released from jail yesterday after a court lowered their bonds. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said his office agreed to reduce bonds for Clayton Kelly of Pearl and Richard Sager of Laurel after their attorneys appealed amounts set […] [...]

BP ordered to resume oil spill payments as Court reviews settlement

NEW ORLEANS — BP PLC must resume paying claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court panel said yesterday. The 2-1 judgment said the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not put a stop to payments […] [...]

Anti-abortion initiatives spread across South

JACKSON — From Texas to Alabama, laws are being enacted that would greatly restrict access to abortion, forcing many women to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic. The laws, requiring abortion doctors to have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals, could have a profound impact on women in poor and rural sections […] [...]

Cochran calls scheme to photograph ill wife ‘amateurish’

HATTIESBURG — Republican Sen. Thad Cochran said yesterday he thinks it’s “kind of amateurish” that supporters of his primary opponent, Chris McDaniel, photographed his ailing wife in a nursing home and used her image in a political video against him. The six-term Mississippi incumbent said the motivation behind the video is beyond his understanding, and […] [...]

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