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Cochran’s brief has been filed…

Here is the Cochran brief

I’ve read through it, and my views of how this comes out have not really changed.  Nothing new– the essential points are the same:  1) The Kellum case says that the statute, read as a whole, has a 20 day deadline for filing the contest; and 2) The statute has not […]

Even the Mississippi Supreme Court wants a friend: more from the McDaniel appeal

Well, this might be annoying to the McDaniel legal team.  Not only did the court (through an order by Justice King) agree to allow the amicus brief to be filed, which I’m sure pleased the McDaniel folks, the court also granted the amicus request to participate in oral argument.

Which will come out of […]

Here’s the McDaniel’s brief

The brief was filed today.  I’m reading through it, but it’s slow going.  First, I’m not sure whether it’s incredibly boring, or I’ve become bored with this dispute.  Second, it is incredibly redundant, says the same thing over and over, and continually repeats itself.

I’m reading through it and will probably post more when […]

Mississippi Supreme Court today orders that the McDaniel appeal will rocket to a quick conclusion

… or at least, it will be argued quickly. Presumably, a decision will appear shortly thereafter.

Today, the Mississippi Supreme Court entered an order setting the schedule for the appeal:

Record due September 12th. McDaniel brief will be filed by Friday, September 18th. Cochran brief will be filed by Thursday, September 24th. Any reply […]

Yes, it does appear McDaniel did not file his complaint within the required time

Update (x2): Didn’t someone tell me that McDaniel was a lawyer?  The Clarion-Ledger’s Geoff Pender, who I just realized got there ahead of me on what I’ve written below, quotes the would-be senator on his delay in filing:  “‘Justice has no timetable,’ McDaniel said numerous times when questioned why it was taking so long to […]

The “regression analysis” that is critical to McDaniel’s contest arguments was from a weblog, not a McDaniel expert!?!

This is truly bizzare.  One of the key elements of McDaniel’s election challenge is a claim that a regression analysis had demonstrated that there was a correlation between black population and the increase in Cochran votes between the two primaries.  The analysis was an exhibit to the complaint, but was not included in the […]

Guilty Plea in Rose Cochran photo case

John Mary has pleaded guilty in Madison County to an information that he conspired to violate Miss. Code Ann. 97-45-17.  It alleges that he conspired with Clayton Kelly, Ric Sager, and Mary Mayfield against a victim designated as RC, meaning, of course, Rose Cochran.  The Clarion Ledger is reporting the plea to […]

BLACK VOTES DON’T COUNT, or, Ok, I’ve read McDaniel’s complaint, and SURPRISE! there’s no there there.

Update:  Seeing an excerpt from the affidavit exhibit about Lafayette County, I decided to read it.  That affidavit (along with a lot of other ones) starts with frustration by the affiant in getting the clerks and election commissioners to cooperate with the review, a constant in these things (the initial position that the […]

McDaniel: He is filing the challenge but continuing to hide the ball

Update:  This story says 15,000, which makes slightly more sense. Slightly.  But Kingfish also reports the 25,000 number.  This is not a context where you want your legal team to have numeracy issues.

Talking Points describes the McDaniel press conference.

So McDaniel’s people say they have found 3,500 […]

In case anyone from True The Vote is reading and needs help in Jefferson County

Following up on my prior post that folks at True the Vote couldn’t find the courthouse in Jefferson County, here’s some handy pointers.

There is a search engine on the internet called Google, and if you type “address of the courthouse Jefferson County Mississippi Fayette” into it, the fourth entry says, “Circuit Clerk Jefferson […]