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Less than 20 votes separate judicial candidates on Coast

PASCAGOULA — With 18 affidavit votes still uncounted, Chancery Court Judge Neil Harris is 18 votes ahead of challenger Paula Yancey for a seat covering Jackson, George and Greene counties. Affidavit votes are cast by people who go to the wrong polling place — something that can happen if someone moves and doesn’t update registration. The uncounted affidavit votes were ...

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Committee critical of candidate for Hinds County Circuit Court

JACKSON — A committee that oversees state judicial elections is criticizing a candidate for circuit judge in Hinds County, saying he’s improperly being linked to the Democratic Party and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers, and that he’s misleading people into believing he’s the incumbent. The Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention released two statements criticizing Ali ShamsidDeen. The ...

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Court of Appeals to convene at PRCC, USM and MSU

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Court of Appeals will begin its fall schedule of college campus visits Sept. 24 at the Poplarville campus of Pearl River Community College. A three-judge panel will hear oral arguments in a criminal case at 1:30 p.m. at the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts. The Court of Appeals will convene on the Hattiesburg ...

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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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Ex-judge disciplined, but not barred, by Supreme Court

SENATOBIA — The Mississippi Supreme Court has disciplined a former youth-court judge for misconduct but says it cannot constitutionally bar Leigh Ann Darby from holding a future judicial office. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance is charged with investigating allegations of misconduct by judges. By law, it recommends discipline to the Supreme Court, which has final say in judicial disciplinary ...

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Eaton, Triumph settle lawsuit that brought down a judge

JACKSON — Power management company Eaton Corp. will pay $147.5 million to settle a long-running trade secret dispute with aerospace firm Triumph Group that exploded into scandal after Eaton lawyers paid to improperly influence an ex-Mississippi state judge who eventually served prison time. The joint settlement announcement yesterday by the companies covered the monetary terms but said other parts of ...

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Ex-contractor's bank fraud trial postponed

SOUTHAVEN — The sentencing hearing for a former Southaven contractor who admitted to submitting fake invoices to a bank for work at a subdivision his company never built has been delayed until an unspecified date. The Commercial Appeal reports James Harris was scheduled for sentencing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, but his lawyers yesterday asked for and received ...

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Justices: LCD price-fixing case can be heard in state court

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Mississippi can pursue claims of price-fixing against a manufacturer of LCD screens in state court. The justices today reversed a lower court ruling that blocked the state-court suit against AU Optronics Corp. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for the court, said the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong ...

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Judicial realignment means closure of historic courtroom

MERIDIAN — The city of Meridian’s only federal courtroom — the site of historical civil rights cases more than four decades ago — will close under legislation passed by the U.S. Senate and sent to President Barack Obama. The courtroom is located on the second floor of the U.S. Post Office building in downtown Meridian. In the courtroom, trials were ...

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Real estate developer to plead guilty to wetlands violation

HANCOCK COUNTY — A real estate developer set for trial on charges of wetlands and Clean Water Act violations in Hancock County has notified court officials he plans to plead guilty to a reduced charge. Federal court records show William R. “Rusty” Miller, of Fairhope, Ala., plans to accept a plea agreement on a charge of filling wetlands without permission. ...

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