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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Some context to that picture in the header…

My law office was built on an unopened city street by W.V. Sullivan and his brother sometime between 1870 and 1880.  There’s no real way to guess when because they didn’t ever have title to the land where they built it.  About 1908, James Stone bought it, and it later became the firm […]

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 […]

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 […]

Judge DeLaughter withdraws (or really delays) motion for bill of particulars…

Judge DeLaughter’s lawyers withdraw their motion for a bill of particulars, saying that the issues raised in it may be resolved by discovery.  There’s one statement in the pleading on the bill of particulars that puzzled me:

While counsel for Defendant believe that some of the requests contained within the motion for a bill […]

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 […]

Judge DeLaughter asks (with Government agreement) to put off his motion about the grand jury…

Judge DeLaughter has asked to put off his reply on the motion about inspection of the grand jury minutes.  The motion notes that the Government has agreed to this, and that counsel are all going to meet in late April and may resolve some part of this.

The motion states:  “In light of certain […]

Another Attorney Implosion In A Louisiana Removal Case

What is it that has the bar in the Western District of Louisiana so close to the edge in removal cases?

Recall that a defense firm, Ungarino and Eckert, had been slapped pretty hard for frivolous removals, and responded (humbly), hoping that the district court there would continue to allow them to practice law.  […]

Sunday Morning Various

Jerry Mitchell writes about the Government Responses to DeLaughter Motions. His story summarizes where things are but doesn’t really add anything.  There’s also an oddly written Adam Lynch piece in the Jackson Free Press suggesting that a ruling in the Paul Minor case could be good news for Judge DeLaughter.  First, of course, […]

In another motion response, the Government previews that it will be bringing up other cases involving DeLaughter and Peters

One of Judge DeLaughter’s motions asked to dismiss the bribery count of the indictment (count one) for failing to allege a crime.   I wrote about the motion here.  As I stated, the motion notes that the indictment does not allege DeLaughter knew that Peters was getting $1M from the conspiracy and therefore does not […]

The Government responds on DeLaughter’s motion about coconspirator statements

The Government has begun responding to Judge DeLaughter’s motions.  In no particular order, I’ll begin with the response on a motion for hearing about co-conspirator statements.  “Co-conspirator statements” is one of (many) problems conspiracy prosecutions present a defendant and his lawyers.  Essentially, once a defendant has joined a conspiracy, a jury can blame him […]