Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – July 27, 2017

Adofo Minka v. State of Mississippi – criminal contempt – Hinds Co. Public Defender Minka was held in direct criminal contempt by Judge Jeff Weill during his closing argument.   Minka was fined $100 and ordered to pay the cost of the jury, $1350, after the court declared a mistrial.  Minka’s client was being tried…

Decisions – COA – July 25, 2017

Connie Hawkins, Individually and on Behalf of the Wrongful Death Beneficiaries of George Leith Hawkins, III, Deceased v. Heck Yea Quarter Horses, LLC, Wallace Heck d/b/a Heck Yea Quarter Horses, LLC and Bruce Horn –  wrongful death – In June  of 2013, sixty-one-year-old George Hawkins was hired as a temporary employee of Heck Yea to work…

Decision – Miss.S.Ct. – July 20, 2017

Ernest Lane, III, as Executor of the Estate of James Oldrum Smith, Jr. and Limestone Products, Inc. v. Ronald D. Lampkin –   corporate dissolution –  Ronnie Lampkin and J.O. Smith  were 50/50 shareholders in a corporation that supplied rock. When Smith died in 2006, the corporation’s line of credit,  which was necessary for the business to…

Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – July 19, 2017

At 10:30 the Court will  hear the case of Mississippi Valley Silica v. Dorothy Barnett. Howard Barnett worked as  a saw operator and crane operator at Mississippi Steel and Iron Company from 1960-1970.  He claimed he  was occupationally overexposed to respirable silica from sandblasting activities that took place nearby and that he developed silicosis. A…

Decisions – COA – July 18, 2017

In the Interest of VMH, VMH, VMH and VMH; Vonrio Hawkins v. The Youth Court of DeSoto County – children placed with DHS based on abuse – Vonrio Hawkins’ four children were found by the Youth Court to be abused and were placed in the custody of DHS after three of the children testified that…