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Lack of state-funded public defender at core of ACLU lawsuit

SCOTT COUNTY — In 1997, the Mississippi Legislature’s reluctance to finance a statewide public defender system prompted then-Gov. Kirk Fordice to recommend fashioning a payment plan to encourage private lawyers to handle death penalty cases — the main concern at that time. Fordice proposed increasing the hourly rate paid to attorneys appointed to such cases and tie the payment plan ...

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Court rules board can discipline West Virginia radiologist

MOSS POINT — Mississippi’s Court of Appeals says the state Board of Medical Licensure can discipline a radiologist for making what a federal judge found to be thousands of “manufactured” lung disease diagnoses. The Court of Appeals reversed a lower court verdict that the board had acted unfairly toward Dr. Ray Harron. The West Virginia physician’s work for lawyers who ...

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Judge dismisses claims against CEO in Wesley lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — Wesley Medical Center’s lawsuit over patient choice now has one less defendant after a federal judge dismissed claims against AAA Ambulance’s CEO. Wesley had sued AAA, its CEO Wade Spruill and Forrest General Hospital in April. Both hospitals are in Hattiesburg. The Hattiesburg American reports U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett ruled Wesley’s lawsuit failed to cite any specific ...

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