Decisions – MSSC – 4/26/2018

Hand down list  Doretha Thompson v. Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, Inc. and James E. Fortune, M.D. –  medical malpractice/sponge left in patient – Doretha Thompson had her gallbladder removed in 2004.  In 2011 she went to the ER complaning of stomach pain and a sponge was discovered in her abdomen.  She sued the hospital and the surgeon. …

Oral arg. – MSSC – 4/24/2018

At 1:30, the Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the case of Frankie Jones v. State of Mississippi. Jones was indicted in October of 2014 for murdering Billy Ray Covington and felon in possession. On appeal he argues that the trial court erred in not sustaining his Batson objection. The state used three of its first…

Decisions – COA – 4/24/2018

Hand down list Darius Santwain Jones  v. State of Mississippi – felon in possession stipulation –  Jones was convicted of possession of  a firearm as a convicted felon.  He had also been charged with possession of methamphetamine but was acquitted on that charge.  Officers had responded to a call about a large crowd gathered at a…

Decisions – MSSC – 4/19/2018

hand down list  Dominic C. Robinson  v. State of Mississippi – eyewitness instruction/ evidence of leniency/ comment on silence –  On March 5, 2011, Robinson attended a concert by Lil Phat at the Creme De La Creme nightclub in Moss Point. After he was refused intro into the VIP room and then thrown out of the…

Decisions – COA – 4/17/2018

Hand down list Earnest Stuckey v. State of Mississippi –  murder vs imperfect self defense – Stuckey lived with his girlfriend Jennifer Triplett in Greenville.  In January 2015, Jennifer’s brother Arthur  and several others were visiting when Arthur and another guest Cliff got into an argument about the music Cliff was playing.  Then Stuckey and…

Decisions – MSSC – 4/12/18

hand down list Victor May v. Kenneth Jarnell Austin, a Minor, By and Through His Parents and Natural Guardians, Rex Austin and Regina Austin and Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company –  sanctions –  Victor May was involved in a car accident in Jackson and he sued the driver of the other car.  The defendant eventually…

Decisisons – COA – 4/10/18 – part 2

Socorro Saylon O’Brien, Individually, and as Executrix of the Estate of Carroll J. O’Brien v. Susan Westet –   fraudulent land transfers (or be careful whom you marry) – In  1972, Carroll and Susan  purchased 104 acres of land in Simpson County, Mississippi with money inherited by Susan.  Title to the property was conveyed to Carroll and Susan as…