Decisions – Ct. of App. – Jan. 20, 2015

I have the flu (despite getting the vaccine in September) so it is going to take me a while to fill these in with more detailed descriptions. Verenzo Green v. State – Verenzo Green was convicted of three counts of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and one count of trafficking stolen firearms. Antonio Parks…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – Jan. 15, 2015

Richard Bowlin v. State –  Lindsey brief –  Bowlin was convicted of three counts of sale or transfer of a controlled  substance (hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), and oxycodone) in a controlled buy that was set up by his own daughter.  He was  sentenced as an habitual offender to three concurrent thirty-year sentences without the possibility of parole and fined…

Decisions – Miss.Ct. App. – Jan. 13, 2015

Henry Lawson v. State – possessing a vehicle with altered VIN –  Lawson was accused of running a “chop shop” in Prentiss County.  He was charged with four counts:  operating a chop shop, , two counts of possession of vehicles with altered or mutilated vehicle identification numbers, and possession of a stolen vehicle.  He was convicted on one…

Ark. judge pleads guilty to federal bribery charges

Mike Maggio was a circuit court judge in Arkansas.  Friday, January 9, 2015, he pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges after taking $24,000 in campaign contributions in exchange for reducing a verdict against a nursing home from $5.2 million to $1 million (Maggio was campaigning for the Arkansas Supreme Court). In August 2014, he stepped…

Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – Jan. 13, 2015

At 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015, the Mississippi Supreme Court will hear Mine Safety Appliance Co., v. Huey Holmes. THis is another silica case.  In  2002,  Huey Holmes along with other plaintiffs filed a lawsuit alleging  silica-related injuries. Holmes alleged his injuries were the result of part time construction jobs (jackhammering concrete) that he held between…

Cert grants on January 8, 2015

On January 8, 2015, the Mississippi Supreme Court granted cert in four cases. Wallace v. State – ineffective assistance of counsel –  Eric Wallace was convicted of a drive by shooting after he and a friend were  pulled over shortly after the shooting and Wallace  handed over a  half-empty pistol containing cartridges that matched shell casings found…