Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – July 19, 2016

At 10:00 the Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the case of Philip A. Gun. Speaker of the House of Representatives v. Rep. J. P. Hughes. 

During the 2016 legislative session, House  Democrats asked to have several bills read aloud to protest actions by Speaker Gunn.  House rules allow for such a request.  Gunn responded by using a computer program to speed read the bills.

Rep. Jay Hughes (D-Oxford) sued.  Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd sided with Hughes and issued a temporary-restraining order requiring the bills be read at a normal speed.  Gunn sought an interlocutory appeal which was granted and the Mississippi Supreme Court  dissolved Judge Kidd’s order.

The Court asked for briefing on:

(1) whether the judiciary has jurisdiction over this dispute in light of Sections 1 and 2, Article 1 of the Mississippi Constitution, and/or

(2) whether this Court should refrain from exercising its jurisdiction over the issues raised in this matter.


Gunn’s brief

Hughes’ brief

Gunn’s reply brief

Tate Reeves’ amicus brief

House Democratic Caucuses’ amicus brief

Watch the argument here.

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