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Lee sworn in as chief judge of Appeals, replacing King

JACKSON — Judge L. Joseph Lee has been appointed as chief judge of the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. made the appointment and administered the oath of office to Chief Judge Lee. Chief Judge Lee, 65, of Jackson, will serve as administrative head of the Court of Appeals until Dec. 31, 2014. Judge ...

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Graves confirmed by Senate for Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker yesterday went to the Senate floor to offer final endorsements of Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. before the Senate voted to confirm him as a Circuit Court judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Senate confirmed Graves on a voice vote yesterday, following ...

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Minor, judges to wait longer for sentencing

JACKSON — Imprisoned former Mississippi attorney Paul Minor and two former judges are now scheduled for re-sentencing March 10 in a judicial corruption case. Minor and former Harrison County judges Wes Teel and John Whitfield must be re-sentenced because a federal appeals court vacated their bribery convictions. The appeals court upheld honest services fraud convictions against each of the men ...

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Senate committee to weigh Graves' nomination

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote tomorrow on the nomination of Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. to a federal appeals court. President Barack Obama resubmitted a batch of judicial nominations that didn’t clear the Senate last year to the committee, including Graves. Graves nomination is among several the committee is scheduled to ...

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Court officially disbars DeLaughter

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has formally disbarred convicted former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter. The Mississippi State Bar filed a petition against DeLaughter last November. DeLaughter is serving an 18-month federal sentence after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice. He admitted lying to an FBI agent during a judicial corruption investigation. DeLaughter resigned as a judge when ...

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