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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The Onion and the Mississippi Legislature: In a contest whether life outpaces satire

Today’s Onion headline: “New Anti-Abortion Legislation Requires Doctors To Scale 18-Foot Wall Surrounding Clinic.” The story begins:

JACKSON, MS—In an effort to make certain that physicians who perform the procedure are fully qualified to do so, a new state law passed Tuesday will require Mississippi doctors to climb an 18-foot wall before entering any […]

Judge Kidd rules the open carry statute unconstitutionally vague

Judge Kidd was asked by the plaintiffs in the Open Carry case to extend a Temporary Restraining Order enjoining the statute until the next term of the legislature.  That made no sense on several levels– TROs can only last 10 days, although they can be extended for another 10 days, and what is the […]

Mississippi Legislature tackles threat of the thing with a human brain

Another howler before the Mississippi legislature, HB 819 has drawn attention because it handles the threat of monsters-with-human brains by making creation of those a crime. Yes, it will be unlawful to create…

A nonhuman life form engineered such that it contains a human brain or a brain derived wholly from human neural tissues.


Loser Pays is dead!

So reports Cottonmouth Blog. at least for now, and that means I don’t have to blog about the end of the world as we know it.

This is worth celebrating.

Legislator sponsoring the Colonel Rebel bill discovers we do not live in New England

Bobby Harrison at the Daily Journal talked to the committee chairman where the bill was sent and will, apparently, die; he also talked to the sponsor, who is apparently determined to push this through, because, he observes, we do not live in New England:

Chairman Kelvin Buck, D-Holly Springs, laughed when asked about DuVall’s […]

Ed Ward a call, asks why he won’t bring up the animal cruelty bill">Hey everybody, give Rep. Greg Ed Ward a call, asks why he won’t bring up the animal cruelty bill

Greg Ed Ward, state representative from Tippah County (Ripley), is the chairman of the House agriculture committee.  There’s an animal cruelty bill that makes cruelty a felony; it’s passed the Senate but, according to WAPT TV will die if Ward doesn’t call his committee to act on it:

Tuesday is the last day […]

They’re going to allow hunting what?? I’m not going to say a word other than join in the general derision

Emily Wagster Pettus of the AP has noted the title of an actual bill before the Mississippi legislature:


Mainly I’m not commenting because […]

Wednesday Morning Various (from a Jackson coffee shop)

Open Records vs. Secretly Petitioning The Government: There’s a referendum on the ballot in Washington State about gay marriage.  Groups fighting the referendum and/or interested in open records issues sought the names of the people who signed the petition to place the issue on the ballot.  One side argued that these lists were usually […]

The Legislature’s Special Session As The Clock Runs Out

Meeting because the state faces a fiscal year start of Wednesday without authority to spend money, the Mississippi legislature special session began yesterday at 2:00 PM, and the legislators acted first to keep car tag prices down.  In the Clarion Ledger’s summary of the special session and budget issues, one legislator takes an opportunity […]

Question about Miss. Legislature site

Anyone know a reason the state legislature’s page may be down?  I can’t get it to load.