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BEN WILLIAMS — The U.S. Supreme Court Mississippi flag order that wasn’t

Marshall Ramsey’s September 3 cartoon, depicting Governor Bryant as a Confederate soldier writing home about defending the flag on order of the “Yankee Supreme Court,” is quite clever and well-drawn.  The immensely-talented cartoonist is a credit to the State of Mississippi.  This particular cartoon, however, may perpetuate recent indistinct and misleading news reports.  Counter to published reports in various news ...

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Court: Governments can’t evade open meetings in small groups

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a ruling that a government can’t set up meetings of less than a majority of public officials to evade the state’s Open Meetings Act. The court ruled 9-0 that the city of Columbus was wrong to set up pairs of meetings with the mayor and three city council members apiece in 2014, avoiding the city ...

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David Ishee appointed to Mississippi Supreme Court

Gov. Phil Bryant announced today that he has appointed Judge David M. Ishee to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Ishee’s appointment is effective Sept. 18. He will replace Supreme Court Justice Jess H. Dickinson, who has accepted the appointment of commissioner of Mississippi Child Protection Services. “Judge Ishee’s extensive experience in presiding over cases for more than two decades in Mississippi ...

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C Spire gets favorable Supreme Court ruling

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Supreme Court has overturned a decision in 2006 by Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary that sealed a contract with BellSouth Telecommunications and the state for landline and Internet services and sent it back to the lower court. At issue is whether the Legislature in 2015 made the contract subject to the state’s Open Records ...

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4 justices take oath of office for Mississippi Supreme Court

One new justice and three returning ones have been sworn in to the nine-member Mississippi Supreme Court. Justice Bobby Chamberlin of Hernando is a former circuit judge who was elected to the state’s highest court in November. He succeeds former Justice Ann Lamar of Senatobia, who retired. Chamberlin took his oath Tuesday, moments after Justices Jim Kitchens of Crystal Springs, ...

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MAULDIN — A day late and a dollar short: Mississippi Supreme Court underscores boorish side of ‘Gentleman’s Deal’

I’ve lived in my current home for about two years. It’s on the corner of a well-trafficked intersection, and we have a shed in the backyard. A few weeks back, I went to work and left the door to the shed unlocked – intentionally – despite the fact I’m generally aware that if you want to ensure your property is ...

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State’s at-will employment doctrine vulnerable in gun lawsuit

By TED CARTER A federal lawsuit over the firing of an Aurora Flight Sciences worker for having a gun in his car at work could soon punch a large hole in Mississippi’s  150-year-old “at-will employment” doctrine. While Robert Swindol’s suit against drone aircraft maker Aurora Flight Sciences is still under review by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New ...

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High court rejects challenge to Miss. campaign finance law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal challenging the constitutionality of a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires reporting by people or groups spending at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot measure. The justices on Monday left in place an appeals court ruling that upheld the law over claims it is too burdensome. Five Mississippi residents ...

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Supreme Court justice David Chandler steps down to run foster care system

Associate State Supreme Court Justice David Chandler is stepping down from the bench to take over Mississippi’s troubled foster care system. The announcement, effectively immediately, was made Monday by Gov. Phil Bryant. Bryant says Chandler and the Division of Family and Children’s Services will report directly to him, instead of to Department of Human Services Executive Director Rickey Berry. The ...

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Circuit judge rules for filling vacant mobile home lots in Pearl

By TED CARTER Pearl has failed in an effort to show that its actions against a mobile park differed from those of Richland, whose attempt to prevent a manufactured  home park from refilling vacated lots met with defeat in the Supreme Court in May. Like Richland, Pearl has no legal authority to stop a park owner from filling a vacant lot, ...

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