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Clarksdale attorney shot to death; suspect in custody

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CLARKSDALE — Police in Clarksdale say a suspect is in custody after an attorney was shot to death in his law office. The shooting happened Friday afternoon. The Clarksdale Press Register reports that the victim was attorney Ellis Pittman. Pittman was in his office for a deposition with other attorneys, including Clarksdale mayor Bill Luckett. Luckett told the newspaper he ...

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SPACE LAW — Ole Miss national champion Moot Court team to compete for internatonal title

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By LYNN LOFTON  When Dean Stephen Gorove began the space law program 45 years ago at the University of Mississippi School of Law, he took a bold, forward-thinking step into an emerging field of study. The program has grown and evolved, and the Moot Court team recently won the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court championship at Georgetown University Law ...

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John McLaurin named to chancery judge post

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BRANDON — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed John McLaurin Jr. as Rankin County chancery judge. The Brandon attorney replaces the late Dan Fairly, who died in April. Bryant announced the appointment in a news release Wednesday. McLaurin holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He has practiced law at McLaurin ...

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Joey Langston asks for bribery conviction to be tossed

OXFORD — A former Booneville attorney is asking a federal judge to vacate his conviction for conspiracy to bribe a state judge. Joey Langston pleaded guilty to the charge in 2008, served prison time and completed court ordered probation in the case. WTVA TV reports Langston is seeking to throw out the conviction because of recent rulings about federal jurisdiction ...

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Hinds judge says he was justified to bar public defender

JACKSON — Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill told the Mississippi Supreme Court Friday that he was justified to bar an assistant public defender from his court, saying she’s incompetent, poorly behaved and can’t follow court rules. In a filing with the high court, Weill wrote that he believes assistant public defender Alison Kelly can no longer represent people without ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Title certificates, reports, commitments & policies: The difference may be your job!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Commercial Finance 701 is a continuing series on commercial loans written exclusively for the Mississippi Business Journal.  This series is geared to lenders, developers, investors and transactional attorneys. A distinguished Mississippi attorney once observed, “Words mean so much more when you know what they mean.”  In some cases, words just don’t mean what we think — like decimate, factoid, ...

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BEN WILLIAMS and MOLLY MOODY — Never trust a trust

Coming to his own defense, the unrepentant Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett once retorted:  “If you can’t trust a trusty, who can you trust?”  The “trusty” in Governor Barnett’s story involved a prisoner on unauthorized extended leave.  This column pertains to the considerably less exciting legal practice where one person (the Grantor) transfers legal title of property (the Corpus) to an ...

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Attorneys general, others, support Google investigation

JACKSON — With representatives of the electronics industry saying Mississippi’s attempt to investigate Google should be blocked by federal law, some state attorneys general and other groups are taking the opposite position. They say Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has the power to examine Google’s behavior, and should be allowed to collect evidence from the Internet giant before a court ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Term sheets and commitment letters

EDITOR’S NOTE: Commercial Finance 701 is a continuing series on commercial loans written exclusively for the Mississippi Business Journal.  This series is geared to lenders, developers, investors and transactional attorneys. In commercial finance, the difference between a term sheet and a commitment letter is like the difference between a football prospect’s “soft commitment” and an executed National Letter of Intent.  They ...

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Bill fails that would limit attorney general's power to sue

JACKSON — Mississippi House members are rejecting new restrictions against Attorney General Jim Hood’s ability to file lawsuits or hire outside lawyers. The House voted 66-49 Wednesday to reject a House Bill 1201, which would require the governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state to approve the attorney general’s filing of any lawsuit in which the state could win more ...

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