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Lack of state-funded public defender at core of ACLU lawsuit

SCOTT COUNTY — In 1997, the Mississippi Legislature’s reluctance to finance a statewide public defender system prompted then-Gov. Kirk Fordice to recommend fashioning a payment plan to encourage private lawyers to handle death penalty cases — the main concern at that time. Fordice proposed increasing the hourly rate paid to attorneys appointed to such cases […] [...]

Cochran’s legal counsel asks Court to toss McDaniel’s lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorneys for Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran are asking the state Supreme Court to throw out a rival’s attempt to overturn the senator’s Republican primary victory. Cochran’s team filed documents late Wednesday with the court asserting that a circuit judge correctly dismissed a lawsuit by state Sen. Chris McDaniel. In their own filing, Cochran’s […] [...]

Cochran’s team prepares for court in election dispute with McDaniel

JACKSON — Sen. Thad Cochran’s attorneys were preparing legal arguments trying to block a rival’s attempt to overturn the senator’s Republican primary victory. Cochran’s team faced a midnight yesterday deadline to file arguments with the Mississippi Supreme Court, and attorney Mark Garriga said the papers could be filed late in the day. The attorneys were […] [...]

McDaniel cites Gunn’s challenge in his attempt to overturn loss to Cochran

JACKSON — Unsuccessful tea party-backed candidate Chris McDaniel is invoking a big Mississippi political name as he tries to revive his challenge in a U.S. Senate race: state House Speaker Philip Gunn. McDaniel lost to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 24 Republican primary. Now, the state senator from Jones County is asking the […] [...]

McDaniel files legal arguments as he looks to overturn Cochran loss

JACKSON — A defeated Senate candidate in Mississippi is arguing that a state court judge was wrong to dismiss his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to incumbent Thad Cochran. Attorneys for the tea party-backed candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, filed legal arguments with the Mississippi Supreme Court late yesterday, hours before […] [...]

Court of Appeals upholds judge’s tossing of defamation case over book

JACKSON — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has agreed with a judge’s rejection of defamation claims that an FBI agent made in a lawsuit against authors of a book about a judicial bribery case. The appeals court issued its ruling Tuesday. In December 2010, FBI agent Hal Neilson sued authors Tom Dawson and Alan Lange […] [...]

Gov. Bryant intervening in same-sex couple’s divorce

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is intervening in a case involving a woman who wants the state to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce. The Republican governor, represented by Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, is opposing Lauren Czekala-Chatham’s appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The high court said Monday that […] [...]

Margaritaville owner files for bankruptcy before landlord hearing

BILOXI — The owner of Biloxi’s Margaritaville casino filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday, only hours before a hearing where the landlord aimed to seize the property. The filing by MVB Holding LLC in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Gulfport follows the casino’s shutdown on Monday night. Don Dornan, a lawyer for landlord Clay Point, […] [...]

Board files suit against VA over release of patients’ names

JACKSON — Mississippi’s state Board of Medical Licensure has sued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over its refusal to release the names of patients who may have suffered because of the misconduct of a former radiologist at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center. The VA is apparently still fighting state efforts to get records, […] [...]

PSC approves waiver of utility deposits for domestic violence victims

JACKSON — Mississippi regulators have approved a plan to let victims of domestic violence delay paying utility deposits for 60 days as a way to help victims move away from abusers even if they don’t have enough money to pay deposits. The Public Service Commission voted 3-0 yesterday to approve the waiver, a month after […] [...]

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