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Supreme Court to mull removing justice court judge

TUPELO — The Mississippi Supreme Court will consider whether to remove a Lee County justice court judge from office. The state Commission on Judicial Performance filed a document with the high court Wednesday, recommending the removal of Judge Rickey Thompson. Thompson could not immediately be reached yesterday, and it was not immediately clear how soon the high court might consider ...

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Gov. Bryant intervening in same-sex couple's divorce

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is intervening in a case involving a woman who wants the state to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce. The Republican governor, represented by Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, is opposing Lauren Czekala-Chatham’s appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The high court said Monday that it would hear the case ...

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Margaritaville owner files for bankruptcy before landlord hearing

BILOXI — The owner of Biloxi’s Margaritaville casino filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday, only hours before a hearing where the landlord aimed to seize the property. The filing by MVB Holding LLC in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Gulfport follows the casino’s shutdown on Monday night. Don Dornan, a lawyer for landlord Clay Point, LLC, said the company had ...

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Supreme Court to hear arguments in McDaniel's election lawsuit Oct. 2

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Oct. 2 as a candidate tries to revive a lawsuit that challenged his Republican primary loss to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran. The high court yesterday released a schedule for the appeal by state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Justices said they will handle the case quickly, as McDaniel requested. Justices gave McDaniel’s ...

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Mississippi Supreme Court to hear case involving tort damage cap

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court is being asked to overturn a state judge’s ruling that a legislatively imposed cap on how much juries can award in non-economic damages is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Charles Webster in Coahoma County issued the ruling in 2012 in a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages in the death of a child in an apartment complex ...

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Judge rules BP's 'reckless conduct' caused 2010 Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that BP’s reckless conduct resulted in the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling today could nearly quadruple the amount of civil penalties for polluting the Gulf of Mexico with oil from BP’s Macondo well in 2010. Barbier ...

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Pickering issues demand to Judge for program mismanagement

JACKSON — Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum of the 18th Circuit Court District has not been following state law in administering a Jones County Community Services Program for offenders coming through his court, according to the State Auditor’s Office. Landrum created the program in 1997 and has managed the account since 2005. “The financial management by Judge Landrum does not ...

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Judicial candidates put on ballot after rejection of challenges

JACKSON — Mississippi elections officials yesterday rejected requests to keep two judicial challengers off the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Attorneys for Circuit Judge Lee Coleman in Clay, Oktibbeha, Lowndes and Noxubee counties questioned whether challenger Monique Brooks Montgomery meets residency requirements to run. The state Board of Elections Commissioners said she does. The commission also approved Takiyah Perkins as ...

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Judge moves McDaniel's lawsuit challenging loss to Cochran

LAUREL — Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s attorneys say a lawsuit that seeks to overturn his Republican primary victory should be dismissed because it was filed too late. They also argue Cochran should not have been sued because he didn’t conduct the election. Cochran defeated state Sen. Chris McDaniel in the June 24 runoff, and the state GOP certified the results ...

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Judge rules for Fish and Wildlife Service in frog habitat case

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials were within the law when they declared thousands of acres in Louisiana and Mississippi as “critical habitat” for the endangered dusky gopher frog. The case involved 1,544 acres in St. Tammany Parish and 5,000 acres in Mississippi named as critical habitat for the animal. Landowners had ...

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