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Senators push Brown's nomination for federal judge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is recommending Debra Brown of Jackson, who has been nominated to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi. Cochran made his recommendation while introducing Brown at her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Debra Brown is very well qualified by ability, education and experience to serve ...

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Court to hear arguments on 'stop payment' ruling

JACKSON — A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments Aug. 7 in New Orleans on a ruling that invalidated Mississippi’s “stop payment” law. In 2012, U.S. Magistrate S. Allan Alexander ruled the law unconstitutional because it deprived a corporation of its property without due process of law. Alexander ruled against King Construction of Houston, Texas, a subcontractor hired by ...

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Pickering accuses circuit clerk of court shopping

VICKSBURG — Third-term Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree is court shopping in two counties and should pay the state’s legal fees in a dispute over her salary and subcontractor payments, Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering says. The Vicksburg Post reports an assistant attorney general filed papers in Hinds County Chancery Court, on behalf of Pickering. Ashley-Palmertree and her attorneys “have ...

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Chancery Judge Roberts dies of cancer at 65

OXFORD — Lafayette County Chancery Judge Edwin Roberts, who was serving his third term, died yesterday at his home in Oxford. He was 65. Officials with Waller Funeral Home in Oxford say funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Oxford. A list of survivors was not immediately available. Lafayette County Chancery Clerk ...

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Jury trial challenging mayoral contest set for July

HATTIESBURG — A jury trial is now set for Dave Ware’s challenge of the June 4 Hattiesburg mayoral election. The Hattiesburg American reports specially appointed judge William F. Coleman will preside over the case at 10:30 a.m. July 23 at the Forrest County Courthouse. Additionally, Coleman also set a conference date for 11 a.m. July 8 for both the Ware ...

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Court appoints judge to hear election contest in Hub City

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed William F. Coleman as special judge in Forrest County Circuit Court to hear the election contest filed by Hattiesburg mayoral candidate Dave Ware. Coleman, a former Hinds County circuit judge, takes over for Forrest County Circuit Judge Robert Helfrich, who recused himself because of his close proximity to the election. The Hattiesburg ...

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With ruling, Hosemann says voter ID could start in 2014

JACKSON — Mississippi voters could have to start showing photo identification at the polls by mid-2014. That’s according to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. He spoke today after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain state and local governments no longer need federal approval to change election laws. Preclearance was required by the 1965 Voting Rights Act, in areas with ...

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