Posts Tagged ‘legal’

PEER: Backlog of parole candidates costing state

JACKSON — Mississippi prison officials say they’re working to erase a backlog of parole cases that are up for consideration, as recommended by a legislative watchdog group. The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review released a report today that said some inmates are not receiving parole hearings the first month they’re eligible, […] [...]

Outside group files arguments supporting McDaniel

JACKSON — An Alabama-based group is filing legal arguments to support Chris McDaniel as he tries to overturn his Republican primary loss to six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. The Mississippi Supreme Court granted permission today for Conservative Action Fund to file briefs. Justices said the group may participate in oral arguments Oct. 2, but only […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Supreme Court to mull removing justice court judge

TUPELO — The Mississippi Supreme Court will consider whether to remove a Lee County justice court judge from office. The state Commission on Judicial Performance filed a document with the high court Wednesday, recommending the removal of Judge Rickey Thompson. Thompson could not immediately be reached yesterday, and it was not immediately clear how soon […] [...]

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, […] [...]

More school districts join MAEP lawsuit brought by Musgrove

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Five more Mississippi school districts are joining a lawsuit against the state over shortfalls in education funding. With the additions announced yesterday, there are now 19 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Musgrove spokesman George Shelton said the new plaintiffs are school districts in Greene County, Humphreys County, […] [...]

Court of Appeals to convene at PRCC, USM and MSU

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Court of Appeals will begin its fall schedule of college campus visits Sept. 24 at the Poplarville campus of Pearl River Community College. A three-judge panel will hear oral arguments in a criminal case at 1:30 p.m. at the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts. The Court of Appeals […] [...]

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