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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The Onion and the Mississippi Legislature: In a contest whether life outpaces satire

Today’s Onion headline: “New Anti-Abortion Legislation Requires Doctors To Scale 18-Foot Wall Surrounding Clinic.” The story begins:

JACKSON, MS—In an effort to make certain that physicians who perform the procedure are fully qualified to do so, a new state law passed Tuesday will require Mississippi doctors to climb an 18-foot wall before entering any [...]

The crazy comes out a Austin Barbour’s election phone press conference

Just before a telephone press conference with Austin Barbour, internet rabble-rouser Charles Johnson tweeted the number of the call and invited folks to crash it. Barbour said he would entertain questions at the end. Someone interrupted the call about 8:25 with this:

Q Ok, quick question, since black people harvested cotton, is it [...]

Kingfish has a memo for the state Republican party outlining the steps up to a contest

Previously, I posted describing the process for a contest.  There’s a useful memo from state Republican party chair and counsel outlining the process up to that contest (which will play out in the next few weeks) that has been posted at Jackson Jambalaya.

To sum the memo up:  Yesterday or before 2PM today, each [...]

Perhaps I’m not being sufficiently creative in imagining what challenges McDaniel may bring

May need to think more out-of-the-box.

h/t Chris Offutt.

Let’s take a look at the old book: What the Election Code actually says

Chapter 15 of title 23 of the Mississippi Code covers election contests, and has some pretty concrete answers to some of the things folks (including me) have been saying. Just for instance, I said from memory that there was no deadline for the contest, forgetting that this had been changed in 2012; there’s a [...]

Well, duh: Here’s some more reasons there can’t be an elections challenge

Update: I’ve somewhat changed my view about whether the challenge proceeds county-by-county.  Sort of yes, sort of no, but I think the remedy is a statewide redo.

Brian Martin points out one in comments: Election contests proceed county-by-county. You go to court in one county, make your proof in hopes to get one of [...]

What would a reality-based elections contest cost?

In a prior post, I explained what I thought could be the basis of an election law contest, and concluded that McDaniel would need roughly 6400 affidavits (leaving almost no margin of error) from people who voted in the run-off that said, at a minimum, “I voted in the run-off and do not intend [...]

Write Chris in! Write Chris in!

The title is what the crowd was yelling at Chris McDaniel’s non-concession speech last night.

I know that the McDaniel people don’t care about actual facts like the laws in the statute books and are much more likely to listen to… I’m not sure.  The voices in their heads.  And maybe I should keep [...]

Chris McDaniel election night speech: The fight is not over! Spoken in a strange accent!

All those McDaniel people so horrified about votes by folks who would not support the nominee in November, at McDaniel’s post-election speech, were chanting, “Write Chris in!”  (update note: This was originally on the video linked below, as was the introduction.  Both have been cut at CSPAN).

Till tonight, I had never watched [...]

Todo list for the Childers campaign, item 1

Search the internet (Facebook, Twitter, comments) for all those McDaniel supporters who promised to vote for a  Democrat in November rather than a Republican In Name Only.