Posts Tagged ‘law’

Former DPS employees sentenced for selling bogus driver’s licenses

LAUREL — Two former Mississippi Department of Public Safety employees and a third person have been sentenced on charges of conspiracy to commit identity theft. Prosecutors say Yolanda Jean Perkins and Lorena Gomez, both of Laurel, and Elmer Enrique Martinez-Velasquez of Albertville, Alabama, a Mexican native who authorities say was living in the country illegally, […] [...]

Supreme Court rules for Cochran; says McDaniel’s challenge came too late

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court won’t revive an election challenge by a candidate who lost a Republican primary to Sen. Thad Cochran. Three justices agreed with Cochran’s attorneys, who said state Sen. Chris McDaniel waited too long to challenge Cochran’s victory in the June 24 primary runoff. A fourth justice, Michael Randolph, sided with […] [...]

Court rules against Greenwood councilwoman; must give up office

GREENWOOD — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled Greenwood City Councilwoman Dorothy Glenn must give up her office. The Supreme Court sided yesterday with a tribunal that ruled Glenn did not live in Ward 5 when she ran for office in 2013. However, the Supreme Court overturned an order of a special election in the […] [...]

Group, lesbian couples look to overturn state’s ban on same-sex marriages

JACKSON — A gay-rights group and two lesbian couples have filed a federal lawsuit to try to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage in Mississippi. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson by Campaign for Southern Equality; Rebecca “Becky” Bickett and her longtime partner, Andrea Sanders, who were denied a Mississippi marriage […] [...]

Saul to lead new Office of Drug Court Compliance

JACKSON — A veteran law enforcement officer will lead the newly created Office of Drug Court Compliance. William T. Saul of Crystal Springs will supervise a team responsible for helping the state’s drug courts to implement best practices. Three other people are expected to be hired in the near future. Saul said that the compliance […] [...]

Judge gets more time to fight efforts to remove him from office

TUPELO — A Lee County justice court judge has until Nov. 17 to argue to the Mississippi Supreme Court why he should not be removed from office for transgressions outlined in a complaint filed by a judicial watchdog group. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance recommended in September that Judge Rickey Thompson be removed from […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Butler Snow names Crockoft new office director

RIDGELAND — Suzanne Cockroft has joined Butler Snow Advisory Services, LLC as director of the firm’s Ridgeland office. Firm CEO Matt Thornton says Cockroft has more than 14 years of experience in communications, business development, marketing and brand management. She most recently was with Butler Snow LLP, parent of Butler Snow Advisory Services, in creative […] [...]

Farm theft investigation recovers $200K in stolen equipment

JACKSON — An investigation by the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, has resulted in the recovery of numerous pieces of stolen equipment. The Bureau anticipates arrests and charges to be forthcoming in the future. Lead MALTB Investigator Mike Braswell along with […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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