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…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – June 29, 2017

Ronald Shinstock  v. State of Mississippi –  illegal search – William Valentine was caught with methamphetamine and law enforcement made a deal with him if he could lead them t o his supplier. Valentine set up a controlled buy from Shinstock and purchased an “eight ball” of meth for $260 in marked bills.  After the buy, law…

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…