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Gay marriage ban to be heard today in federal court

NEW ORLEANS — Bans on gay marriage in three staunchly conservative Southern states were to get a hearing in a federal appeals court Friday — the latest legal battle over an issue expected to be settled by the nation’s highest court. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was scheduled to hear arguments from state attorneys ...

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Arthur S. Johnston III to take federal court post

Arthur S. Johnston, III, currently the Madison County Chancery Clerk, will become Clerk of Court for the federal court in the Southern District of Mississippi. The selection was confirmed Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola. Johnston will succeed J. T. Noblin who earlier announced plans to retire from the post in January. Noblin has served in that capacity ...

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Senators push Brown's nomination for federal judge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is recommending Debra Brown of Jackson, who has been nominated to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi. Cochran made his recommendation while introducing Brown at her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Debra Brown is very well qualified by ability, education and experience to serve ...

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Ex-tax return preparer's federal court appeal fails

OXFORD — A federal appeals court panel has upheld the conviction of an Oxford tax return preparer for filing dozens of false returns. Thelbert Lamont Lesure was sentenced to three years in prison in 2012 for filing false tax returns. Lesure was indicted on 21 counts. He pleaded guilty one count of knowingly preparing and transmitting a fraudulent tax return ...

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Judge denies supervisor's request concerning redistricting

JACKSON — A federal judge has denied a request by Hinds County Supervisor Phil Fisher and the Republican Party to bar the county from using its new redistricting plan in November elections, which involves only the five local election commission members. Still pending is the original lawsuit filed in September, which asks that the new voter district lines be thrown ...

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