Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – February 27, 2014

Watkins v. Mississippi Department of Human Services – Watkins sued DHS after her son Austin  died from starvation  in the home of his paternal grandmother, Janice Mowdy,  a year and a half after  DHS placed the .two-year-old in Mowdy’s custody.  In the home visit survey, the place to write in Mowdy’s references was left blank.…

Decisions – Ct. of App. – Feb. 25, 2014

Davis v. State – Davis was charged with auto theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.  He was found guilty only on the receiving stolen property charge.  On appeal he challenges the sufficiency of the inditment and the state concedes the error.  Pursuant to the receiving stolen property statute, M.C.A. § 97-17-70(3) (a), “Evidence that the person…

Cert. grant – Feb. 20, 2014

Hester v. Lowndes County School District –  This case involves the firing of the principal and a coach at New Hope High School in Lowndes County after the coach (Hester)  financed a $15,000 fairway mower in the school’s name  with the written approval of the principal (Wright).  The chancellor affirmed the firing of Hester but…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – Feb. 20, 2014

Franklin v. State – Franklin was found guilty of kidnapping and aggravated assault (with his fists and a bottle) of a woman who mistakenly agreed to accompany him home from a Jackson pool hall.   He was was sentenced to thirty years and twenty years to be served consecutively.  He raises several issues.  The Court…