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Wilson responds to Government motion to strike his claim to Ed Peter’s ill gotten gains

Roberts Wilson has filed a response to the Government’s motion to strike his claim on what remains of the fee Ed Peters was paid for improperly influencing Judge DeLaughter.

Between Christmas and New Year, the Government filed an suit stating that Ed Peters had surrendered $425K in cash that remained after taxes and market […]

Memphis Billboard Lawyer Corey B. Trotz Provides Evidence He Actually Has Been To Court!

Since the Commercial Appeal misses the obvious headline, I’m helping out, based on this sentence in a story today:  “”To say that I’ve never tried a case is false, and that’s what I object to,” said Trotz. He provided the name of a woman, Maureen Davis, who confirmed that Trotz tried and won her […]

Coach Kennedy and the open thread

I’m calling this brief note an open thread…

The Clarion Ledger reports that, as expected, Andy Kennedy entered a guilty plea to disorderly conduct in the Cinncinati incident yesterday.  He said:  “I acknowledge using poor judgment, which resulted in an adverse reflection on me, my family, our program and the university that I so […]

Some puzzlements about the Julie Mabus v. St. James Episcopal Church opinions (Part Two of Two)

You can read part one here.

After reading the opinions in Mabus II, my confusion was great enough that I reread the opinion in Mabus I to see if it shed any light.  It did not.  First, I noted that McBride had cross-appealed in the prior case, so it could have been entirely resolved then if the lack of a fiduciary relation really was fatal to the fraudulent concealment claim.

Continue reading Some puzzlements about the Julie Mabus v. St. James Episcopal Church opinions (Part Two of Two)

Some puzzlements about the Julie Mabus v. St. James Episcopal Church opinions (Part One of Two)

Last Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court decided the second appearance of Mabus v. St. James Episcopal Church. This is the case in which Julie Mabus sued an Episcopal Church in Jackson and its priest for participating in a meeting between her and her husband, former Governor Ray Mabus, in which she was confronted about […]

Jerry Mitchell reports on a hearing on the state court Wilson v. Scruggs

The Wilson v. Scruggs cases have always been a multiple front war.  Pieces of the litigation have been in more than one federal court district and in state court in Hinds County.  This is the case in which Scruggs and Joey Langston have entered guilty pleas to bribing Judge DeLaughter, and about which DeLaughter […]

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 […]

The Mississippi Supreme Court decided an interesting workplace injury case.

There’s a fascinating group of opinions (unanimous as to result) in Thursday’s Supreme Court decision list about injuries to workers and the circumstances where workplace injuries are not limited to worker’s compensation.

One rule-of-thumb lawyers carry in their heads is that worker’s compensation is the “exculsive remedy” against an employer for workplace injuries.  This […]

Some notes on Judge DeLaughter’s reply on his motion to to dismiss

The Defense motion to dismiss the indictment had what I described as clever arguments, but I thought went off the cliff trying to argue that no one would attach any value to a call from a United States Senator that they were being considered for a position on the federal bench. Thus, the argument […]

Wednesday Morning Open Thread

The Sun-Herald runs an AP report that Moody’s has downgraded Jackson-based Trustmark Bank from A3 to Baaa1, saying the bank’s outlook is negative.  It “had its long-term bank deposits rating cut to A3 from A2, and its bank financial strength rating cut to C from C+. The bank’s short-term ratings were lowered to […]