Posts Tagged ‘legal’

Ex-USM student accused of email threat, stalking faculty

CARRIERE — A former student at the University of Southern Mississippi has been arrested on charges alleging he stalked two faculty members and posted an email threat against the school’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The university says 40-year-old Joshua H. Scarabin, of Carriere, has been charged with two counts of cyberstalking and one […] [...]

Judicial panel rules campaign finance law is constitutional

OXFORD — A federal appeals panel has upheld the constitutionality of a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires reporting by people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed a 2013 decision by U.S. […] [...]

Ex-director of MVLP pleads guilty to stealing federal money

JACKSON — The former executive director of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project has pleaded guilty to the theft of federal funds. Prospectors say 47-year-old Shirley Mae Williams of Jackson entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Jackson. A criminal information alleges that from January 2009 through December 2012, Williams used less $1,000 in federal […] [...]

Barbier reaffirms ‘gross negligence’ ruling against BP for oil spill

GULF OF MEXICO — A federal judge in New Orleans is sticking to his ruling that said BP’s conduct in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster amounted to “gross negligence.” It could mean close to $18 billion in federal penalties for the oil giant. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier yesterday rejected BP’s call […] [...]

Ex-mayor disbarred by the Supreme Court following bribery conviction

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi Supreme Court has disbarred former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield who is serving a two-year sentence for a federal bribery conviction. Winfield, an attorney, pleaded guilty in September of 2013 to seeking $10,000 in cash from a confidential FBI informant in exchange for a city contract. The Mississippi Bar filed a formal […] [...]

Investigators: Dog fighting sentences send strong message

MONTGOMERY, Alabama  — Investigators in the nation’s second-largest dog fighting bust said defendants’ stiff sentences should send a message that the cruel spectacles will not be tolerated. Those punishments include an eight-year prison sentence to a man who organized fights where up to a $100,000 was routinely wagered on a single match. Prosecutors say that […] [...]

Ziegler’s sentencing ends DMR embezzlement case

BILOXI — Former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Chief of Staff Joseph Ziegler has been sentenced to three years’ probation. Ziegler was the last of 10 individuals to be sentenced as part of the state and federal investigation into DMR. He was also ordered to pay $184,487.28 in restitution and a $5,000 fine. He will […] [...]

Firefighters await ruling in controversy over pay

GAUTIER — A Jackson County judge will determine if the city of Gautier is violating state law by paying its firefighters for only 8 hours of holiday pay, as are other city employees, even though firefighters work 24-hour shifts. Attorneys for Gautier and the local firefighters’ union argued the case yesterday before Circuit Judge Kathy […] [...]

Supreme Court to hear arguments in dispute over bailiffs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court is refereeing Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Ellis’ dispute with a local trial judge over the assignment of bailiffs to the courts. The case is on the Supreme Court’s docket for November and December. The court will not hear oral argument in the case. Ellis is challenging an order from […] [...]

Judge mulls overturning of state’s same-sex marriage ban

JACKSON — A federal judge heard five hours of arguments yesterday about whether to overturn Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage, and he pressed attorneys to say whether the state’s interests outweigh those of gay or lesbian couples who want the same legal rights as straight couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said that in addition […] [...]

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