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Doctor charged with murder-for-hire to see psychiatrist

GREENWOOD — Prosecutors and the defense team for a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case will talk to a forensic psychiatrist at a state mental hospital about bringing in another doctor to assist in the evaluation of Dr. Arnold Smith. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the decision came Tuesday during a court in Greenwood on the progress of Smith’s ...

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Doctor charged with trying to kill attorney back in court

GREENWOOD — A Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case is scheduled to be in court in Greenwood today for a hearing on the progress of his mental evaluation. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Dr. Arnold Smith has been undergoing a court-ordered mental evaluation at the Mississippi State Hospital since June. Smith’s trial has been indefinitely postponed. Smith is charged ...

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Longtime legislator Barnett dies at 86

BROOKHAVEN — Dr. Jim Barnett, a country doctor and longtime state legislator, has died at the age of 86. Officials with Riverwood Family Funeral Service say Barnett died Friday at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Services are 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church of Brookhaven. Burial will be at Riverwood Memorial Park. A veteran of the Korean War, ...

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Doctor appeals Medicaid, Medicare fraud conviction

JACKSON — A Mississippi doctor convicted of orchestrating a $6.9-million Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme will have her appeal heard in July by federal judges in New Orleans. Oral arguments in the appeal by Dr. Cassandra Faye Thomas will be heard July 10 by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Thomas was convicted on 10 ...

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Judge sets conference date for abortion clinic lawsuit

JACKSON — A federal judge has set an Aug. 15 status conference in a lawsuit in which Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is fighting to remain open. The suit, filed last summer, challenges a 2012 state law that requires each OB-GYN who does abortions at the clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan ...

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After verdict, doctor asks for his medical license back

COLUMBUS — Dr. Michael A. White wants return of authority to prescribe controlled drugs to his patients. Through his attorney, the 62-year-old White filed a complaint in April against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. A federal court set July 9 for a response. In his complaint, White notes that he voluntarily turned in his DEA license in October 2011 while ...

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Doctor's murder-for-hire case postponed, mental evaluation pending

GREENWOOD — A trial in the murder-for-hire case against a Greenwood oncologist has been postponed indefinitely. Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn issued the order this past week because the court is waiting on Dr. Arnold Smith’s evaluation at a state mental facility. The case was to have gone to trial yesterday in Leflore County Circuit Court. Circuit Clerk Elmus Stockstill tells ...

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Abortion clinic fighting closure; urging patients to help

JACKSON— Mississippi’s only abortion clinic can’t meet the mandates of a 2012 state law, and the governor wants to shut it down. But the Jackson Women’s Health Organization is not quietly retreating. The law requires that the clinic’s doctors have local hospital admitting privileges. They can be hard to obtain, and some hospitals won’t give them to the doctors because ...

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Judge denies bond in doctor/lawyer murder-for-hire case

GREENWOOD — Bond has again been denied for Dr. Arnold Smith but a judge says he may reconsider after the doctor undergoes a mental examination. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports prosecutors told Judge Breland Hilburn that a bed is open for Smith at the State Hospital in Whitfield. They have not said when he might be moved from Greenwood to the ...

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Court to heal appeal of breach of contract ruling

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear oral arguments June 5 in a Jackson hospital’s appeal of a $2.27 million judgment for a doctor in a breach of contract lawsuit. Dr. Adolfo Morales, an ophthalmologist, had alleged Central Mississippi Medical Center breached a physician recruitment contract in 2004, which would have allowed him to establish a surgery practice in ...

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