Decisions – COA – June 27, 2017 – part 2

Mississippi Department of Human Services v. Ben Porter –  child support choice of law –  S.M. was born in April 1995 to Gail Morris in Chicago, Illinois.  Illinois filed a paternity action against Porter but the case was dismissed for inactivity.  Porter moved to Mississippi.   In December 2011, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and…

Decisions – COA – June 27, 2017 – part 1

Larry Watts, Jr.  v. State of Mississippi – suppression of statements –  Watts was convicted of two counts of felony child abuse involving his girlfriend’s four year old son.  The child complained of stomach pain. Doctors found  abdominal trauma to his liver and that his pancreas was bleeding into his abdomen. The injuries were commensurate with child…

Decision – Miss.S.Ct. – June 22, 2017

Rodney Shelton Fulgham v. Clara Jackson – extension of time to serve process –  In February 2015, Jackson filed a complaint against Fulgham for damages arising from a car accident.  A summons was issued the next day, and both the complaint and summons stated that Fulgham was incarcerated at the Bolivar County Correctional Facility in Cleveland, Mississippi.…

Decisions – COA – June 20, 2017

Annie Figures v. Jackson Housing Authority –  eviction –  Golden Key Apartments is an apartment building for disabled and elderly people in Jackson owned by the Jackson Housing Authority.  Figures was a resident.  After she threatened to other residents in violation of her lease, JHA moved to evict her.  The JHA gave her a hearing and…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – June 15, 2017

Tunica County Democratic Executive Committee v. Craig Jones and William Pegram – election contest –  The Tunica County Democratic Executive Committee decided that Craig Jones was not  qualified to run for the position of county supervisor.  Jones appealed and the court found that Jones was qualified to be a candidate, overruled the decision of the TCDEC,…