Posts Tagged ‘law’

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 […] [...]

Judge: Ex-city manager was victim of political vendetta

DIAMONDHEAD — An administrative law judge has found that former Diamondhead city manager Richard Rose was a victim of a political vendetta in the coastal city. “His political bosses used him as a pawn in their schemes to wrangle a little more power for themselves or deprive their rivals of that power,” Judge Nathan Nyberg […] [...]

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 […] [...]

State renews water fight with city of Memphis

JACKSON — Mississippi officials are renewing allegations that Memphis is stealing water from the state. The U.S. Supreme Court refused in 2010 to consider a similar claim. The Commercial Appeal reports that Mississippi is seeking at least $615 million in damages. That’s less than half the previous claim of $1.3 billion. Mississippi alleges that Memphis’ […] [...]

Cochran’s lawyers: McDaniel’s challenge came too late

JACKSON — Attorneys for six-term Sen. Thad Cochran told the Mississippi Supreme Court yesterday that a challenger waited too long to file a lawsuit seeking to overturn Cochran’s victory in the June 24 Republican primary runoff. However, attorneys for the challenger, tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel, argued that current Mississippi law does not specify […] [...]

Man indicted for burglary in Rose Cochran photo scandal

MADISON — The man accused of taking illicit photographs of the bedridden wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has been indicted on burglary charges. Clayton Kelly was served yesterday with an indictment charging him with one count each of burglary, attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, said Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest. Kelly’s […] [...]

Supreme Court hear agruments in McDaniel’s challenge to Cochran loss (UPDATE)

JACKSON — Attorneys for a tea party-supported candidate are trying to persuade the Mississippi Supreme Court to revive a lawsuit that challenges his Republican primary loss to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran. But Cochran’s attorneys say state Sen. Chris McDaniel waited too long to try to overturn Cochran’s June 24 victory. Justices heard nearly two hours […] [...]

Ex-Greenville parks leader pleads guilty to embezzlement

GREENVILLE — A former director of the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department has pleaded guilty to an embezzlement charge. State Auditor Stacey Pickering said yesterday that Yvette Yeager will be sentenced next week. Yeager was accused of embezzling $85,155 from the City of Greenville from October 2007 through September 2012. Pickering says the investigation began […] [...]

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