Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. Aug. 3, 2017

Thomas M. Dennis v. Shelia F. Dennis –  child support for step greatgrandparent/support where no relationship  – In 1994, Thomas and Sheila married.  Sims had a daughter named Renee Wright. Renee ended up having a grandson named J.R.H.  Thomas was  J.R.H.’s  stepgreat-grandfather. In May 2005, JRH’s parents were in legal trouble and DHS informed the Dennis’ that…

Decisions – COA – Aug. 1, 2017 – part 2

Edwina Robbins v. State of Mississippi –  other crimes/bad act evidence – Robbins was charged along with two others in holding up Lisa Barnes with a knife and stealing her car keys and $40.  She was convicted.  Apparently Barnes had gone to Robbins’ home to discuss a debt Robinns owed for crack cocaine. Prior to trial, Robbins…

Decisions – COA – Aug. 1, 2017 – part 1

Akeem Rasheed  v. State of Mississippi – self defense – Rasheed had been in a relationship with Reneee Childs.  One night he broke down Child’s door and stabbed Michael Randle  (Randle was the father of Childs’s daughter) in the back.  On appeal he argues that the trial court erred in refusing his self defense instructions.  Here…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – July 27, 2017

Adofo Minka v. State of Mississippi – criminal contempt – Hinds Co. Public Defender Minka was held in direct criminal contempt by Judge Jeff Weill during his closing argument.   Minka was fined $100 and ordered to pay the cost of the jury, $1350, after the court declared a mistrial.  Minka’s client was being tried…

Decisions – COA – July 25, 2017

Connie Hawkins, Individually and on Behalf of the Wrongful Death Beneficiaries of George Leith Hawkins, III, Deceased v. Heck Yea Quarter Horses, LLC, Wallace Heck d/b/a Heck Yea Quarter Horses, LLC and Bruce Horn –  wrongful death – In June  of 2013, sixty-one-year-old George Hawkins was hired as a temporary employee of Heck Yea to work…

Decision – Miss.S.Ct. – July 20, 2017

Ernest Lane, III, as Executor of the Estate of James Oldrum Smith, Jr. and Limestone Products, Inc. v. Ronald D. Lampkin –   corporate dissolution –  Ronnie Lampkin and J.O. Smith  were 50/50 shareholders in a corporation that supplied rock. When Smith died in 2006, the corporation’s line of credit,  which was necessary for the business to…

Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – July 19, 2017

At 10:30 the Court will  hear the case of Mississippi Valley Silica v. Dorothy Barnett. Howard Barnett worked as  a saw operator and crane operator at Mississippi Steel and Iron Company from 1960-1970.  He claimed he  was occupationally overexposed to respirable silica from sandblasting activities that took place nearby and that he developed silicosis. A…