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Original member of Mississippi Court of Appeals dies

One of the original judges for the Mississippi Court of Appeals has died. WLBT-TV reports Chief Judge Billy G. Bridges died Monday at his home in Brandon. He was 85. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon. Visitation will be Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. ...

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2 doctors plead guilty in health care fraud case

Two doctors have pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, in a news release, said 37-year-old Dr. Shahjahan Sultan, of Madison, Mississippi, and 56-year-old Dr. Thomas Edward Sturdavant, of Kingsport, Tennessee, entered their pleas Thursday before Senior U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett of Hattiesburg. Hurst says Sultan contracted with a pharmacy in Jackson County ...

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Suit seeks to block prosecutor from excluding black jurors

Four black voters and a branch of the NAACP sued a Mississippi prosecutor on Monday, asking a federal judge to order him to stop excluding African Americans from juries. The lawsuit against District Attorney Doug Evans is an outgrowth of a case where the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction of an African American man, citing racial bias in ...

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Mississippi lawyer found in contempt of court is disbarred

A Mississippi attorney who is serving a sentence mandating he spend two weekends a month in jail has now been disbarred. The Clarion Ledger reported Tuesday that The Mississippi Bar and state Supreme Court had filed a joint order banning Eduardo Flechas from practicing law in the state. They say Flechas admitted to paying an individual to refer clients to him and ...

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US judge not blocking multistep Mississippi election system

A federal judge has ruled that he will not immediately block Mississippi’s unique, multistep process for electing a governor and other statewide officials. In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III said he would not issue a preliminary injunction to prevent the system from being used in Tuesday’s elections. Mississippi’s 1890 constitution requires a statewide candidate to ...

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US judge to hear challenge of Mississippi election system

A federal judge will hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi’s unique, multistep process of electing the governor and other statewide officials — an electoral process that critics say is designed to thwart black political power. The hearing happens less than a month before the Nov. 5 gubernatorial election between Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Democratic Attorney ...

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New chief judge for US appeals court in New Orleans

The federal appeals court that covers Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas will have a new chief judge. In a news release Monday the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that Judge Priscilla Richman Owen will assume the chief judge position on Tuesday. Owen takes over from Carl E. Stewart. Owen graduated from Baylor University School of Law in 1977 and ...

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Sheriff, ACLU propose plan in Mississippi racial bias case

A central Mississippi sheriff’s department would adopt an “unbiased policing policy” and set new rules about traffic checkpoints and encounters with pedestrians, under a proposed agreement in a racial profiling lawsuit. Court documents show that attorneys for both the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the African American plaintiffs are asking U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves to approve the agreement. The ...

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Lawyers fight for everyday women bringing #MeToo complaints

Jaribu Hill didn’t opt for law school until her early 40s. She’d been a singer, actress, teacher and labor organizer before learning a college classmate had become head of a group for black female judges. “I can do that, too,” she thought. Hill has since become a leading civil rights and workers’ rights lawyer in Mississippi and now, at 70, ...

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