Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – July 23, 2015

Toccara Williams v. Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Nikkita Barr  –  defendant’s right to discovery regarding reasonableness of medical bills – This is an interlocutory appeal  of a car wreck case asking the question of whether “a defendant may depose a hospital regarding its medical charges to the plaintiff in order to establish whether those bills were…

Decisions – COA- July 21, 2015

Corey Gray v. State – proof of value of stolen property – Gray was convicted of grand larceny and sentenced to ten years for stealing a boat after the boat’s owner spotted him in  a truck pulling her boat.  Gray fled rather than appear for trial. On appeal he claims that the evidence was insufficient…

Oral arg. – COA – Tuesday, July 21, 2015

At 1:30, the COA will hear the case of Louisiana Extended Care Center, LLC, et al.   v. Carolyn Bindon.  The lower court denied the defendants’ motion to compel arbitration. Frank Bindon  was admitted to the nursing facility Adams County Nursing Center in February  2008. At the time of admission, Carolyn Bindon, his wife,  served as…

Drug offenses and parole eligibililty

(The Court is still in recess; no handdowns until next week) The statutes regarding parole keep changing.  Last year, 403 inmates had their parole eligibility dates taken away pursuant to a change in MCA Sect. 41-29-139(a).  The MacArthur Justice Foundation challenged some of these and got a ruling in Lauderdale County holding that the justification…

Two Yazoo County JPs will no longer perform marriages

WJTV is reporting that two Yazoo County justice court judges will no longer perform any marriages because of their opposition to gay marriage.  WLBT reports “In the letter, judges Pam I. May and Bennie K. Warrington cite Mississippi law, which says Justice Court Judges may (not shall) perform weddings. The decision follows the US Supreme…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – July 2, 2015

Larry Jarrett and Dixie Products Company v. Robert Hugh Dillard –   employer’s personal liability for failure to obtain workers comp. insurance –  Ray Dillard  was injured in June 1997 while working at  Dixie Products.  He was awarded temporary total disability, medicals and eventually  $125,000 in permanent total disability benefits. Neither party appealed. During the proceedings,…