Chris Matthews: The Republican Primaries are about to be a Revenge Tragedy

One of the more riveting political opinion pieces I’ve seen lately.

He thinks there’s going to be blood on the stage.

What happened at the first pardon hearing (the transcript just became available)

As I noted, Tom Fortner has sought an emergency appeal of the pardon case, which Kingfish has up. His papers present an elaboration of the argument he made in his motion to dismiss, and are worth reading for that.

Also worth reading are the exhibits, which include a number of documents from the circuit court […]

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 […]

The Stanford criminal trial in Houston is going into week 2.

I’ve been reading the Houston Chronicle’s coverage of the Stanford trial, and just started reading that from Patsy Brumfield, who appears to have arrived at the trial today as it is heading into week 2. Their coverage includes a blog and live tweets from their primary reporter. The judge has given each side 65 […]

The New York Times looks inside the Barbour pardons

“Maggi and I wanted to begin by thanking you and Marsha for a lovely and special lunch at the Mansion last Tuesday,” began a letter to the governor by the family friend of Doug Hindman, one pardon applicant. “It was very interesting to see the historical quilt upstairs.”

“Please tell Uncle Haley that one of […]

How much does Bob Dole detest Newt Gingrich?

Well, he didn’t like him when he was in Congress.

When Gingrich was speaker of the House, Bob Dole was the Senate majority leader. And so Dole spent a lot of time listening to the speaker’s proposals. “Gingrich’s staff has these five file cabinets, four big ones and this little tiny one,” he told The […]

Justice Kitchens thinks he and his colleagues have a duty to report bar misconduct.

Another Justice Court judge came before the Mississippi Supreme Court for misconduct. This one had been previosuly sanctioned, and so this time out, gets a thirty day suspension for not following the law in a way that wasn’t just mistaken, ex parte contact with parties, and generally interfering with cases either not before him or […]

Kingfish moves the pardon story along

Kingfish earlier posted a couple of times about a Hinds County pardon case involving Douglas Hindman, who was caught in a TV-show sponsored sting involving investigators posing as early-teen girls and setting up meetings with guys seeking sex. Now he’s pushing that along, by looking at the other cases that arose out of the same […]

The true story of trusting a trusty

Last week, Bill Minor wrote in the Clarion Ledger, telling the whole story of Ross Barnett saying, “If you can’t trust a trusty, who can you trust.” Minor was there, and he has all the details. I’d heard the short version for years, spun slightly differently– that a Parchman trusty was sent into Arkansas one […]

AP reports that pardon files don’t exist

The leded begins “pardon files are missing” but reading the article carefully, I think what it says is “The state responded to a public records request for pardon files by saying there aren’t any.” Here’s Holbrook Mohr’s story:

Pardon files are missing or don’t exist for four convicted killers and another man who worked as […]