Mississippi S. Ct. adds MRAP 5.1 on privacy protections

On April 30, 2015, the Court added MRAP 5.1 via this Order. RULE 5.1. PRIVACY PROTECTION FOR FILINGS MADE WITH THE COURT (a) Redacted Filings. Unless the court orders otherwise, in an electronic or paper filing with the court that contains an individual’s social-security number, taxpayer-identification number, or birth date, the name of an individual…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – April 30, 2015

Speedy trial – The most interesting thing on today’s hand down list is a dissent in the criminal case of Michael Taylor v. State. He was convicted of ag.  assault and sentenced to five years.  The Miss.S.Ct. affirms but the dissent written by Justice Dickinson addresses Taylor’s speedy trial issue. Michael Taylor was arrested January…

Decisions- COA- April 28, 2015

George Patrick McNatt, Jr. et al v  Leslie Turbeville – tax sale – McNatt owned a ten-acre parcel of land in Rankin County. In 1993,  he began renting a lot to Turbeville for $100 a month and  Turbeville moved a mobile home onto the lot. . McNatt did not pay the 2001 ad valorem taxes on…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – April 23, 2015

Joseph Cook v. State –  hearsay in child sex abuse cases – Joe Cook was convicted on two counts of sexual battery on his girlfriend’s ten year old daughter and for one count of directing her nine-year-old brother to have sex with the girl. He was  sentenced as an habitual offender to a life sentence.  …

Decisions – COA- April 21, 2015

 Tammie Crossley, John Templett, Jr. and XL Public Adjusters v. Chrissi Moore individually and on behalf of XL Public Adjusters –  sanctions – XL Public Adjusters, Inc., was a company on the  Coast that adjusted insurance claims on behalf of property owners.  The company had three shareholders: John Templet, Tammie Crossley, and Chrissi Moore. In 2008, Chrissi…

Fix the flaws in forensic science

That’s the title of an op-ed piece in the NYT following Monday’s announcement by the FBI that it has gotten hair evidence wrong for decades. From the Washington Post. The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in…