Posts Tagged ‘Sharion Aycock’

Consultants’ emails portray MDEQ as permit facilitator for silicon plant

Consultants working to help Mississippi Silicon gain a clean air permit for a Burnsville silicon plant apparently perceived the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality as more of an ally eager to move the project forward than a regulator. Emails from consultants praise the state environmental regulators for helping to “head off” any objections to the […] [...]

MDEQ actions at center of trio of federal suits against Mississippi Silicon

Mississippi Silicon’s $200 million Burnsville plant on the Tombigbee Waterway is on track to open in slightly more than a year as the first new U.S. silicon factory in nearly 40 years. But whether that occurs will hinge on Mississippi Silicon beating back claims the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality strayed from its procedural rules […] [...]

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. […] [...]

Judge to hear opposing side in silicon metal plant dispute

BURNSVILLE — A federal judge has given opponents of a silicon metal plant in Mississippi’s northwest corner a chance to make their case in court. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock, in a November order, set a Dec. 2 hearing in Aberdeen to allow challengers to a permit issued by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality […] [...]

Ex-school superintendent wants restitution payment reviewed

GREENVILLE — A federal appeals court has been asked by a former Mississippi school superintendent to review a requirement that he make a $75,000 lump sum restitution payment in a bribery case. Former Greenville schools superintendent Harvey Franklin is serving a 76-month sentence for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the school board […] [...]

State appeals campaign finance law ruling

OXFORD — The state of Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling that part of its campaign finance law creates an unconstitutional burden for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. The case will be argued Sept. 3 before the 5th […] [...]

Aycock named chief federal judge in north Mississippi

OXFORD — U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock is the new chief judge for the federal court in north Mississippi. She succeeds U.S. District Judge Michael Mills whose seven-year term as the court’s leader ended this past week. Mills will continue to serve on the court. The northern district court is headquartered in Oxford. It is […] [...]

Dutschke gets 25 years for sending ricin-laced letters

ABERDEEN — A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to sending letters dusted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison. James Everett Dutschke was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen after telling the judge May 13 that he had changed his […] [...]

Ricin letter suspect stuns court, withdraws guilty plea

ABERDEEN — James Everett Dutschke is not going easily. The Mississippi man who pleaded guilty in January to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others changed his mind yesterday, asking a judge to withdraw his plea just before sentencing. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock did not rule immediately on the request, telling the […] [...]

Dutschke faces sentencing for sending ricin-laced letters

ABERDEEN — A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials is being sentenced in Aberdeen. James Everett Dutschke will be sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock. The 42-year-old Tupelo man also pleaded guilty in January to sending the […] [...]

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