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Second nurse involved in cancer center fraud to plead guilty

SUMMIT — A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for a second nurse charged with withholding information about a crime at a shuttered cancer clinic involved in a multimillion-dollar fraud. A filing in U.S. District Court in Jackson says Brittany Davis Powell is scheduled to plead guilty Oct. 21. Another nurse, Courtney Michelle Young, had previously been scheduled for ...

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Chinese drywall-maker appeals; questions courts' jurisdiction

NEW ORLEANS — A Chinese drywall manufacturer asked a federal appeals court yesterday to overturn a judge’s ruling that U.S. courts have jurisdiction over claims that its defective product wrecked thousands of homes. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans didn’t indicate how soon it would rule. It heard arguments yesterday from lawyers ...

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Woman pleads guilty to bribing ex-school superintendent

GREENVILLE — A Georgia businesswoman has pleaded guilty to federal charges of bribing a former superintendent of schools in Greenville in exchange for a contract for her company’s reading program. Edna Goble entered the plea yesterday to one count in federal court in Oxford shortly before her trial was to begin. No sentencing date has been set. She faces a ...

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'King of Torts' has finally abdicated

The legal saga of Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is finally over. The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to hear an appeal from the former attorney who earned the nickname “King of Torts” and amassed a fortune from the tobacco-related lawsuits in the 1990s. Scruggs, who practiced out of Oxford, pleaded guilty to trying to influence a Mississippi judge back in ...

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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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Oil spill trial begins look into how much oil leaked into Gulf

NEW ORLEANS — The focus of a trial over BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shifted to the multibillion-dollar question of how much crude gushed from BP’s blown-out well. Lawyers for BP and the federal government began Monday presenting U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with conflicting scientific theories to explain their different estimates. Government experts estimate ...

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Prosecutors: Hospice owner bilked Medicare for millions

GREENWOOD — Newly released court records claim the owner of a Mississippi hospice ran a multimillion Medicare fraud and used some of the money to buy 20 cars since December 2009. The details about Angelic Hospice in Greenwood and its owner’s purchases were outlined in a 27-page document dated Feb. 19 but only made public Oct. 3 in U.S. District ...

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Judge suspends some oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ordered the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement over BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill to immediately suspend making settlement offers and payments to some businesses that claim the company’s 2010 oil spill cost them money. U.S. District Carl Barbier issued Thursday’s order a day after an appeals court reversed his rulings in a dispute ...

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Supreme Court reprimands, fines judge

SMITH COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a public reprimand and fine for a judge who was accused of failing to disclose a potential conflict in a Smith County asbestos case that resulted in a $322 million verdict. In May 2011, attorneys for Union Carbide Corporation said Circuit Judge Eddie H. Bowen neglected to notify defense lawyers that ...

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Hood could appeal ruling on campaign finance law

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says he might appeal a federal judge’s ruling that part of Mississippi’s campaign finance law creates an unconstitutional burden for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock ruled Monday that the state may require some level of campaign finance reporting by ...

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