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Some Notes on Mississippi Supreme Court decisions of 4/16/09

There two newsworthy cases in last Thursday’s decision list.  The opinion about the workplace conditions has already been in a prior post; I’ll post about the other, the second appeal of the case between Julie Mabus and the Episcopal Church, in a later post (to be linked here).

There are three unanimous opinions, one about efforts to draft a release to preserve claims against other parties, another (in which I get more than a whiff of trial court home-cooking) where a trial court was reversed for denying a motion because it was erroneously captioned, and a strange case in which a prisoner filed papers (pro se) asserting prison conditions were inhumane.  Taking his papers as a petition for post-conviction relief, the circuit court ruled they should have been filed in the county where he was convicted.  The Supreme Court viewed the papers as more akin to a civil rights challenge to prison conditions and reversed, racking up a rare win for a prisoner in anything remotely like a post conviction proceeding.

Finally, there’s a little mystery:  What about the local rules adopted for the Eleventh Chancery (Madison area) did Justice Dickinson not like?

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