Posts Tagged ‘U.S. District Court’

Ex-baliff wants pay or her job back after termination

TUPELO — A former Tupelo municipal court bailiff wants five years of future pay or to return to her job. Last week, a federal court jury awarded Latisha Mitchell $65,000 in damages against the city for discrimination. The jury found the city had mishandled her employment after she was injured on the job and later […] [...]

Judge: Businesses shouldn’t repay oil spill settlement money

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that BP must stand by the agreement made with the companies it compensated for losses after the 2010 Gulf oil spill despite the oil giant saying some claims were overestimated. BP argued that a flawed funding formula enabled nearly 800 businesses to overestimate their spill-related claims. One […] [...]

Ex-state employees, illegal alien plead guilty to identity theft

HATTIESBURG — Two former Mississippi Department of Public Safety employees and a man have pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit identity theft. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, in a news release, said 48-year-old Yolanda Jean Perkins and 33-year-old Lorena Gomez, both of Laurel, and 32-year-old Jose Martel Rivera, a Mexican native living […] [...]

Treasury Department sets rules for BP oil spill money

GULF OF MEXICO — The U.S. Treasury has set out 97 pages of rules for investing and allocating money that BP PLC and other defendants will pay in Clean Water Act fines for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010. The rules released yesterday formally set up a trust fund for money that state […] [...]

Tobacco company to pay $750K for contraband trafficking

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Kentucky-based tobacco company that makes Golden Harvest, Millennium and Red Buck cigars will pay $750,000 in restitution and forfeitures after pleading guilty to conspiracy to engage in contraband cigarette trafficking. U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley sentenced Tantus Tobacco of Russell Springs, Kentucky, on Monday. The company will pay $200,000 to the […] [...]

Ex-Marine Resources chief of staff pleads guilty to misprision

GULFPORT — A former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources employee has pleaded guilty to misprision, or helping conceal a felony. Joe Ziegler entered his plea yesterday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. Federal prosecutors said Ziegler admitted helping conceal a mail fraud scheme by former MDMR Executive Director Bill Walker to divert money intended for […] [...]

McDaniel’s backers refile poll books lawsuit

JACKSON — A federal lawsuit seeking voter records has been refiled in Mississippi’s southern district federal court. Texas group True the Vote and 22 Mississippi residents refiled their lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson against Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the state Republican Party. The new version of the suit adds […] [...]

Ex-judge accused of attempting to influence witness

JACKSON — A former Mississippi judge has been accused of witness tampering in documents filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson. The federal information filed in June alleges former Chancery Judge Joe Dale Walker “knowingly and intentionally attempted to corruptly influence a witness subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury.” The document also alleges […] [...]

Judge Brown’s investiture to be held in Greenville

GREENVILLE — An investiture ceremony will be held for U.S. District Judge Debra M. Brown on June 20 in Greenville. The ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Washington County Convention Center. Brown is the first African American woman to serve as a federal judge in Mississippi. She presides over cases in the Northern […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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