I am Tom Freeland, a lawyer in Oxford, Mississippi. The picture in the header is my law office. I'm on Twitter as NMissC

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As I Lay Dying at the Lyric Monday night: “Sometimes I think it aint none of us pure crazy and aint none us pure sane…”

Tomorrow night, the James Franco movie of As I lay Dying will be showing at the Lyric Theater at 8, as a benefit for the Oxford Film Festival.  I plan to be there.

Sometimes I aint so sho who’s got ere right to say when a man is crazy and when he aint. Sometimes I […]

In a switch, Gov. Bryant comes out for mandating health insurance contracts, or, Did you know that governors could issue injunctions?

Gov. Bryant wrote Blue Cross Blue Shield and said he was going to issue an executive order mandating they allow the hospitals they’d struck from their system back in, under the prior contract, until a deal was struck.

Blue Cross Blue Shield responded with a federal court civil rights action.

Kingfish has the documents […]

Blues, just off the Square, with Leo “Bud” Welch

Last night, Joyce and I co-hosted a party at our office just off the Square for Representative Bobby Moak. If you are interested in Mississippi blues, the biggest thing was that we had bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch from Bruce rocking the house (well, the front yard).

Welch was born in Sabougla, Mississippi in […]

Some music

A great Randy Newman song you might have missed, “Potholes.”

The most interesting thing in this week’s Mississippi Supreme Court decisions list…

… is the name “Sianquiz” on one of the orders.  Beyond that, there’s a pro se divorce appeal, about which the most profound question is– Why wasn’t this assigned to the Court of Appeals, and there’s a criminal case in which the issues were either waived or are going to await a post-conviction claim of ineffectiveness. […]

The Return of the Wandering Spouse: Undead but no Zombie

Update:  read below….

Anderson blogs about an odd Ohio case in which a man who had been declared dead because he’d gone missing turned up and asked that the declaration of death be set aside.  The Ohio court ruled that, nope, he had three years to contest the death and had not done so, […]

The Scruggs appeals are at an end

The United States Supreme Court denied cert this week on Dickie Scruggs’s appeal from Judge Bigger’s refusal to grant relief from Scruggs’s guilty plea.

This was not a surprise.

The Mississippi Business Journal story summed it up as well as possible:

Though he pleaded guilty, Scruggs began appealing his conviction in 2010. But he […]

Theora Hamblett and the artist as business-woman

My last post referred to Theora Hamblett, a great artist from Oxford. Miss Hamblett had taught in a one-room schools in the county before 1930, and then moved to town where she ran a boarding house and did work as a seamstress. In 1950, she took some art classes at Ole Miss (one […]

“Old weird America”– an intellectual cliche that should be stomped out

I was reading a local blog I’ve grown to like, Deep Fried Kudzu, and hit a phrase (from a press release) that sets my teeth on edge. Discussing a show of paintings by Memphian Carroll Cloar, the press release states that the Southern states are the “last guards of old, weird America ”


From this weeks Mississippi Supreme Court decisions list

Anthony Thomas won a ruling that Count 2 of his indictment failed to charge a crime and that conviction was tossed.  The conviction under Count 1 remained standing.

How hard is it going to be for Thomas’s lawyers to explain to him, “We won your case!” and “You’re still sentenced to life without parole!” […]