Decisions – COA – June 6, 2017

Jody Slade Bush  v. State of Mississippi–   judge’s comments/sleeping juror – Bush was convicted of felony leaving the scene of an accident after he flipped his car and left the scene leaving his passenger there.  The passenger Matthew Smith suffered a traumatic brain injury.  Bush was sentenced to twelve years with two years suspended.…

Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – June 6, 2017

At 1:30 the Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the case of Groundworx LLC v. Thomas Blanton and the City of Hattiesburg.  Hattiesburg’s  wastewater treatment system has been in violation of the federal laws and pollution standards incorporated in its federal operations permit since 2010. In 2014, in an effort to fix the situation,  Groundworx, LLC  and the…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – June 1, 2017

Drake L. Lewis v. Tonia D. Lewis Pagel – divorce venue – Drake and Tonia were married in 1991. Tonia filed for divorce in  2006 and an order of divorce was entered in January of 2008.  This is the third appeal.  On this appeal,   Drake argues that  the order of divorce should be voided due to…

Decisions – COA – May 30, 2017

William Brady Foster  v. State of Mississippi –   Lindsey brief – Foster was charged with burglary and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  He was acquitted of the burglary but found guilty on the felon in possession charge and sentenced as an habitual to ten years without parole.  His appointed counsel filed a…

Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – May 30, 2017

At 1:30 the court will hear the death penalty case of Terry Pitchford v. State.  Pitchford was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. The case was affirmed on direct appeal.  On post conviction, the court held that he should have been given a competency hearing and remanded for a hearing to determine whether…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – May 25, 2017

Chaka D. Smith v. Charles E. Webster – election contest – Smith and Webster vied for a circuit judge seat in the Eleventh Circuit (Tunica, Coahoma, Quitman Counties).  Webster received 3,255 votes to Smith’s 2,369 votes.  390 of  the votes cast were by absentee ballot and Webster received 296 of these; Smith 94.   After the…