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Judges' redistricting plan reduces number of split counties

JACKSON — Federal judges yesterday released a plan to update Mississippi’s four congressional districts, which decreases the number of split counties from eight to four, the secretary of state said. The judges say their plan preserves to core constituencies of each district. “Notwithstanding the movement or potential movement of 146,000 persons, we made as few changes to the current districts ...

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Judges bow out of Delta election dispute

LELAND — Two Washington County Circuit Court judges have recused themselves from hearing Greenville attorney Willie Griffin’s lawsuit challenging the Nov. 8 election results that declared Board of Supervisors District 2 Supervisor Mike Gordon the winner. The Delta Democrat Times reports Judge Margaret Carey-McCray and Judge Ashley Hines took themselves off the case. Gordon won with 1,200 votes to Griffin’s ...

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Zach Scruggs wants court to toss conviction

OXFORD — A well-known Mississippi lawyer is asking a federal appeals court to throw out his 2008 conviction and sentence. Attorneys for Zach Scruggs asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to hear arguments in the case, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Scruggs pleaded guilty to knowing about — but not reporting — illegal ...

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Prosecutors to respond to appeal of Minor, judges

JACKSON — Federal prosecutors have been given until Jan. 6 to respond to appeals filed by former attorney Paul Minor and two former judges in a Mississippi judicial bribery case. On Nov. 23, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans granted an extension sought by the government to prepare its response to documents filed by Minor and ...

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Minor, judges appealing judicial bribery charges

JACKSON — Former attorney Paul Minor and two former judges have appealed their convictions in a Mississippi judicial bribery case and have asked a federal court to schedule oral arguments. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has not ruled on the request. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has not yet filed a response Minor was convicted of ...

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Myers retiring from Appeals Court, committee seeks replacement

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The Governor’s Judicial Advisory Committee is conducting a search to replace Justice William Myers, who will retire from the Mississippi Court of Appeals Dec. 31. Myers holds the District 5, Position 1 seat on the state’s second highest court. The district includes Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lamar, Pearl River, Perry, Stone and parts of Wayne ...

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Court wants more information in tort cap cases

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has asked attorneys for more information as it considers whether the state’s limitation on damages in civil cases is constitutional. In an order last month, the court asked attorneys for Sears, Roebuck and Co., and for plaintiff Lisa Learmonth to explain why a Mississippi jury failed to distinguish between non-economic damages and economic damages. ...

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Documents opened in Scruggs case, including Lott's deposition

OXFORD — A federal judge has unsealed court records related to one of Mississippi most notorious judicial corruption cases, including a deposition by former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi. Lott was never charged with wrongdoing in the case that toppled his brother-in-law, Dickie Scruggs, among Mississippi’s most powerful lawyers before going to prison. Scruggs wants the documents opened in ...

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Senate confirms Reeves for District Court

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has approved the confirmation of Carlton Reeves of Jackson to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi. The Reeves nomination was approved by on a voice vote yesterday afternoon. Se. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) supported Reeves’ nomination, introducing him to the Senate Judiciary Committee at a ...

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Senators introduce Graves to Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON — Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) yesterday introduced Justice James Graves of Mississippi to the Senate Judiciary Committee and recommended his confirmation to a federal judicial position. Graves, who currently serves as a presiding justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court, has been nominated by the President to serve as a Circuit Court Judge on the U.S. Court ...

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