MS achieves worst bar exam results

Above the Law is reporting that Mississippi had a 36% pass rate on the most recent bar exam making it the worst of the states (although S.C.’s results aren’t in yet which you would know if you watch Southern Charm where Craig Conover took the bar three years after graduating – a very risky move).…

Decisions – COA – April 18, 2017

Averald D. Burnett, Jr. v. State of Mississippi –  character evidence/various – Burnett had been a  police officer in Lamar County.  When his stepdaughter accused him of rape, Burnett was housed in the Pearl River County jail.   While there he allegedly offered a fellow inmate,  Russell Steele, to bail him out and pay him if…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – April 13, 2017

Mississippi Department of Corrections v. The Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center – public records – The MacArthur Justice Center filed suit against MDOC seeking information  pursuant to the Public Records Act regarding the drugs used to kill inmates sentened to death by lethal injection.  MDOC argued that this information was privileged and confidential.  The chancellor…

Oral arg. – COA – April 12, 2017

At 10:00 the Court of Appeals will hear the case of Matthew Pierce v. State of Mississippi.  Pierce was a massage therapist on the coast who was convicted of  secretly photographing one of his massage therapy clients without her permission and in violation of her expectation of privacy, in violation of M.C.A. Section 97-29-63.  When one…

Decisions – COA – April 11, 2017

Joshua Howard  v. State of Mississippi – pardon/expungement –   Howard pleaded guilty to statutory rape  in 2009.  He was sentenced to a term of twenty years, with seventeen years suspended. In January  2014, the Governor granted him a full pardon.  He then filed a  motion in the Circuit Court of Rankin County asking that all…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – April 6, 2017

Thomas L. Swarek and Thomas A. Swarek v. Derr Plantation, Inc. – specific performance –  – the Swareks sought to buy Derr Plantation from the German partnership  that owns it and filed a complaint for specific performance.  The Swareks offered $7 million but Derr wanted $10.5.  There were negotiations over a lease-purchase arrangement.  Eventually terms were…

Oral arg. – COA – April 5, 2017

At 10:00 the COA will hear an interesting case –  Charles Shortie v. Rochelle Green the personal representative of Oner Shortie.  Charles and Oner Shortie were driving through Sunflower County when they were involved in an accident that claimed the life of Oner.  Oner, a South Carolina resident, died without a will.  Oner’s five  children…