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Supreme Court rejects method the AG has been using to pay outside attorneys

Two cases were decided by the Supreme Court today that vindicated auditor Pickering’s view of attorney general contracts with outside counsel:  Regardless of what fictions are used for payment, the funds coming out of the settlement are state funds and must be appropriated by the legislature before counsel can be paid them.

One of […]

Atty General Hood has asked for a rehearing on the pardons decision

The Attorney General has filed a rehearing petition, and Kingfish has it at Jackson Jambalaya.  It’s pretty interesting, and presents the best argument yet for the invalidity of the pardons.  Here I disagree with Anderson, who doesn’t it adds much to Justice Randolph’s arguments in his dissent.

It starts with an odd statement:  That […]

Gen. Hood on the Supreme Court pardon decision

Cottonmouth has the Attorney General’s statement:

We do respect the decision of the Court, but feel deeply for how it must weigh on the victims and their families. It is these victims and family members who have lost today and the criminals who have won. As Supreme Court Justice Mike Randolph wrote in his […]

A look at the AG’s pleadings in the pardons case

Here are the complaint, motion for a temporary restraining order, and the order granting the TRO in the pardons case, from Attorney General Hood’s webpage.

I would have thought that, to get relief– which requires showing likelihood of success– the attorney general would have had to show that a specific defendant got a pardon and he didn’t advertise […]

Some notes on the pardon TRO hearing and local news coverage

The Clarion Ledger story does not add much.  It does note that the five pardonees still being held by MDOC have filed separate proceedings seeking release.  Even though they are not in court in Jackson– their names were added yesterday during the hearing and so at that point they had no formal notice of […]

Charles Griffin of Butler Snow files for Gov. Barbour in the pardon case

Butler Snow lawyers Charles Griffin (who signed the pleadings), Barney Robinson, Ben Watson, and Melissa Baltz have filed a Motion for Leave to Submit Amicus Curiae Brief on behalf of former Governor Barbour.  The filing includes their proposed brief.

The legal arguments are what readers of this blog would expect:  That the courts have no […]

Tom Fortner, representing pardonees, forcefully responds to Hood’s pardon lawsuit

Update: I’ve obtained copies of the motions filed in the pardon cases.  There are a motion to dismiss conjoined with a request to have the case reassigned to another judge, and a motion to disqualify the attorney general.  Read down to the update portion of this post to see them.

The Clarion Ledger reports that Tom […]

Hood to challenge releases of pardoned prisioners based on lack of 30 day notices for the pardons

Attorney General Jim Hood is apparently going to seek an injunction to stop the release of pardoned prisoners, and he’s apparently going to argue about the notice provision in the state constitution. Cottonmouth has noted that the Sun Herald has online the legal notices; they can be found here, and here’s one of them:

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What exactly is being investigated about Michael West?

Tonight, at the Overby Center showing of “Mississippi Innocence,” Radley Balko noted that he’d seen reports that Jim Hood had stated he was “investigating” cases involving Michael West, but never had answers about what that investigation might be.

West is the bogus expert whose testimony was critical in the convictions featured in the film “Mississippi Innocence.” […]

Jim Hood talks about Dr. Hayne, Radley Balko responds

Jim Hood did an interview with the Jackson Free Press last week.  He views the internet as a crime scene and one of his highest priorities:

I have a lot of unfinished business, especially in the area of policing the Internet. There is no federal agency that polices the Internet, and it’s all up to […]