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Separation of Powers: The Mississippi Supreme Court throws down the Gauntlet

Matt at Ipse Blogit just told me that Justice Randlolph stated at a CLE on the coast  that at 1:00 this afternoon, the Mississippi Supreme Court issued an order that the Governor has no authority to cut the funds appropriate to the Judiciary Branch.  Matt’s blogged this development.

This should be interesting!

UPDATE:  Here’s the order of Chief Justice Waller’s “En Banc Administrative Order,” which notes that the State Fiscal Officer can only cut the funds of “agencies and the Department of Transportation,” and that that the Judiciary Branch is neither of those things.  The order requires that the appellate, chancery, and circuit courts, along with their supporting offices, “shall remain open, performing the constitutionally-mandated responsibilities of the Judicial Branch of government.”  The court’s marshal was to deliver the order to the State Fiscal Officer, Gov. Barbour, Lt. Gov. Bryant, Billy McCoy, and Attorney General Hood.

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