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

Missing Posts: If you have a link to a post that's not here or are looking for posts from Summer of 2010, check this page.

BlogRoll

Taxis and Uber: Of course they are “vehicles used to carry passengers for hire,” silly people.

Folks online are actively arguing that Uber (which is a company that contracts with folks with cars to pay them a small something to provide rides for fares) is not a taxi service, or that its drivers are not.  The arrival of Uber in Oxford prompted this.

Here’s the Oxford ordinance (118-19) definition of a taxi:

[…]

Mississippi Supreme Court servers jammed up? More minutiae about the McDaniel election contest

Last night, I spent over an hour trying to download the Cochran response, and got nothing.  I could download the attachments, quickly, but not the brief.  I complained on Twitter, and almost immediately a friend, who could get it on his phone, sent it to me by email.

Apparently, the McDaniel campaign had the […]

Sons of Confederates sue the University of Mississippi

An entity calling itself the “Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans” has filed suit against the University of Mississippi, alleging a right to enjoin the University from changing things related to the Civil War on campus.  It is hard to say who the plaintiff might be.  There is an incorporated organization called the “Mississippi […]

Cochran’s brief has been filed…

Here is the Cochran brief

I’ve read through it, and my views of how this comes out have not really changed.  Nothing new– the essential points are the same:  1) The Kellum case says that the statute, read as a whole, has a 20 day deadline for filing the contest; and 2) The statute has not […]

McDaniel-With friends like this… Alt title: “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.”

The title quote is from a letter from Pascal.

The time deadlines in the McDaniel case are mighty tight.  Cochran’s lawyers (new ones keep appearing on the Supreme Court docket with regularity) have less than a week to file their brief, and so when I saw they’d sought additional pages, I thought of the […]

Land records follies: Yes, “more or less” is pretty much it.

The description begins:

A parcel of real property containing 49.5 aces, more or less, being described as follows: Commencing …

and then it ends:

…to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 88 1/2 acres, more or less.

As noted above, “more or less” is the operative phrase here.

Even the Mississippi Supreme Court wants a friend: more from the McDaniel appeal

Well, this might be annoying to the McDaniel legal team.  Not only did the court (through an order by Justice King) agree to allow the amicus brief to be filed, which I’m sure pleased the McDaniel folks, the court also granted the amicus request to participate in oral argument.

Which will come out of […]

Chris McDaniel has a friend, who thinks Bush v. Gore will help McDaniel win.

The Conservative Action Fund, through Thomas A. McKnight, Jr. of the law firm Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, LLC in Birmingham, has asked to file an amicus brief on behalf of Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi Supreme Court.

The brief states that the CAC’s mission is to protect the right of big donors to give unlimited […]

Exclusive Nick Saban Half Time Locker Room Photo

thanks to Sarah Simonson for executing the idea.

An oddiment in McDaniel’s brief: Gunn is not legitimately in office if Cochran’s argument is right.

Phillip Gunn is Speaker of the House.  A key point of contention is the impact of an election contest between he and Jep Barbour that the Mississippi Supreme Court decided in 2004 that centered around the state elections of 2003.

Obviously, Gunn has fully served the term he won in that case, along with another term and […]