Posts Tagged ‘U.S. District Court’

Pre-trial hearing set for ex-BP exec

NEW ORLEANS — Attorneys for one of the men facing criminal charges in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill are hashing out a variety of issues ahead of a March trial. The defendant is former BP executive David Rainey, who has pleaded not guilty to charges that he obstructed a congressional investigation into the […] [...]

Jail kitchen supervisor pleads guilty to stealing food

HATTIESBURG — The former kitchen supervisor at the Forrest County Detention Center has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in illegally diverting food for the jail for personal use. WDAM-TV reports Allen Haralson, 61, entered the plea yesterday before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett. He remains free on bond. Sentencing was set for Feb. […] [...]

BP appealing to have oil spill settlement administrator removed

NEW ORLEANS — BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company filed notice yesterday that it plans to file with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. BP has long […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Court unseals 49-count indictment against ex-Corrections Commissioner Epps

JACKSON — A 49-count federal indictment charges former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, with accepting more than $700,000 in bribes from a Rankin County businessman. The indictment unsealed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Jackson also charges Cecil McCrory of Brandon and says he paid Epps to obtain contracts for […] [...]

California firm sentenced for mishandling hazardous materials at Delta airport

GREENVILLE — Leading Edge Aviation Services Inc., a corporation headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Glen Davidson, in Aberdeen following a guilty plea to one felony count of treating, storing or disposing of hazardous waste without a permit at Leading Edge’s now shuttered Greenville facility. Leading Edge operated […] [...]

Water association sues PSC over waiver for domestic violence victims

JACKSON — The Mississippi Rural Water Association has sued the state Public Service Commission in federal court, claiming the commission overstepped its authority and conflicted with federal law when it required a 60-day delay in utility deposits for domestic violence victims. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson by the association, which […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Group, lesbian couples look to overturn state’s ban on same-sex marriages

JACKSON — A gay-rights group and two lesbian couples have filed a federal lawsuit to try to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage in Mississippi. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson by Campaign for Southern Equality; Rebecca “Becky” Bickett and her longtime partner, Andrea Sanders, who were denied a Mississippi marriage […] [...]

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