Decisions – COA- June 23, 2015

William Henderson v. State – timing of proof of priors for habitual – Henderson was convicted of the statutory rape of his 13-year-old cousin and sentenced to 30 years without parole as an habitual.  He first argues that the court erred in admitting a letter that he was alleged to have written in jail and…

Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – Mon., June 22, 2015

At 1:30, Monday, June 22, 2015, the Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the case of Samuel Allen Nuckolls v. State Nuckolls was convicted after a bench trial  of thirteen  separate counts of video voyeurism pursuant to Mississippi Code Annotated §97-29-63. Any person who with lewd, licentious or indecent intent secretly photographs, films, videotapes, records or…

Decisions – COA – June 16, 2015

Maagen White v. Christopher White –  custody/false allegations of abuse – The Whites divorced in 2012 and had the court decide custody of their five year old son and four year old daughter.  Prior to the final decision,  Maegan filed a motion to suspend visitation, alleging that Christopher had inappropriately touched Harley.  The court suspended Christopher’s…

Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – Monday, June 15, 2015

At 1:30 the Court will hear the case of Randy Braswell v. Ergon Oil Purchasing. Braswell entered into a series of contracts in which he agreed to sell all of his oil production in Amite County and Pike Countyi to Ergon.  In 2012, Braswell filed a lawsuit alleging that Ergon fraudulently  misrepresented that he would receive a…

Marijuana legalization proponents and the First Amendment

A hard working group of Mississippians lead by Kelly Jacobs of Hernando have been gathering signatures in support of a ballot initiative (No. 48) to legalize marijuana.  I’ve signed it because I can’t imagine a rational world where alcohol is legal and marijuana is not. Supporters have been collecting signatures all over the state (they…