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…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – June 11, 2015

Andy Brown v. State –   Weathersby, etc. – 28-year-old Andy Brown was convicted of stabbing to death his 67-year-old neighbor Earlie Balford with a screwdriver.  Brown’s mother would regularly provide dinner for  Balford.  When Andy delivered it on April 12, 2012, he claimed Balford lunged at him with a screwdriver and in the ensuing struggle, Balford was stabbed…

Judge Weill files Motion to Correct the Court’s Order

On June 4, 2015, Judge Weill filed a motion to correct/clarify the Court’s May 21, 2015, order. Motion.   In it, he states that the Order contains three “disagreements” filed by Justices Kitchens, Chandler and King, all which refer to a judicial performance complaint filed by Alison Kelly against Judge Weill.   The only complaint,…

Decisions – COA – June 9, 2015

Timothy McCoy v. State – time for appeal –  McCoy was convicted of sexual battery in  Newton County. The COA dismisses the case because it is not final.  The record does not show that the trial court entered an order on the Motion for New Trial.  A notice of appeal that is filed prior to…

Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – June 9, 2015

At 10:00 a.m. the Court will hear argument in the case of  Legislature of the State of Mississippi v. Adrian Shipman and the Attorney General’s Office which is a dispute over the title of a ballot initiative to amend Miss. Const. § 201 (1890).  That provision currently reads: The Legislature shall, by general law, provide for…

Ex MBN agent’s cases draw scrutiny

According to an article in the Clarion Ledger,  a judge has dismissed thirty cases wherein former MBN agent Jeff Palmer was involved. While working for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics [1993-2006], Palmer forged the names of fellow agents to obtain drug buy money and initiated cases in other agents’ names, documents allege. He flunked a…