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Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

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Philip is a trial attorney based in Jackson, Mississippi with a diverse civil litigation practice.

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Justice Dickinson Leaving Supreme Court

Posted in Mississippi Supreme Court, Politics in Mississippi
I was surprised to read on Tuesday that Miss. Supreme Court Justice Jess Dickinson is leaving the Court to lead the State’s Child Protection Services. Here is the Clarion-Ledger’s article. Justice Dickinson represented District 2 on the Court. This district covers the Coast, Pine Belt and Southwest Mississippi. He joined the Court in 2004 after… Continue Reading

5th Circuit’s H.B. 1523 Ruling Adds to State’s Macro-level Economic Struggles

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Politics in Mississippi
Mississippi’s economy got some terrible news last week with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversing the District Court on standing grounds and upholding the homophobic House Bill 1523. Regardless of what you think of H.B. 1523, it is undeniably bad for the economy. Just ask North Carolina, which repealed its homophobic law after it… Continue Reading

Guns in Courtrooms Still Stupid

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
Judge Primeaux wrote this week about a case pending before the Mississippi Supreme Court over whether judges can ban guns from their courtrooms. How can that even be a question? Judges can ban phones, gum, food, shabby clothing and a host of other things from their courtrooms. But not GUNS? Gees. Here is my post… Continue Reading

Will Filling Judge Jolly’s Fifth Circuit Seat Create a Domino Effect?

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, National Politics, Politics in Mississippi
I recently had an interesting conversation about the potential domino effect that could be created by the President’s nomination to fill the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals seat held by Judge Grady Jolly, who will retire in October. Everyone I’ve talked to expects the nominee to be a current District Court judge. If so, that… Continue Reading

What’s Up with Mississippi’s Economy?

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
In March Mississippi broke it’s streak of lagging sales tax collections. What’s the deal? Why are Mississippi sales tax revenues and income tax receipts millions below projected levels with unemployment at its lowest level in 15 years? [WTVA report].  It’s a “conundrum” notes Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Democratic State Representative Steve Holland theorizes that… Continue Reading

It’s That Time of Year Again……Southern Propaganda Month

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
What would Spring in Mississippi be without moron ‘Confederate Heritage Month?’ Here is the Jackson Free Press’s report on Colonel Governor Bryant’s last minute declaration honoring the most embarrassing thing about Mississippi–that we fought the nation’s bloodiest war to preserve the South’s indefensible institution. According to the JFP article, the Sons of the Confederate Veterans… Continue Reading

State Budget Proposals Will Only Make PERS Problems Worse

Posted in PERS Crisis, Politics in Mississippi
In Kingfish’s recent post on PERS he discussed the structural problems PERS has with growing retiree roles vs. enrolled workers. That problem is apparently guaranteed to get worse with Mississippi’s budget problems. Lat week at Mississippi Today Adam Ganucheau reported on the legislature’s plans for the 2018 budget. Those plans include eliminating 1,999 vacant state… Continue Reading

Clarion Ledger Looks at ‘Nonpartisan’ Judicial Elections–Concludes Appellate Judges Should be Appointed

Posted in Improving the Jury System, Politics in Mississippi
On Sunday Clarion Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell examined Mississippi’s partisan ‘nonpartisan’ judicial elections. The article concluded with this happy thought from legal pioneer and former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson: Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson also favors appointing judges and wishes Mississippi could select judges similar to the federal system. He called… Continue Reading

Hosemann’s Head-Scratcher on Greenville Church Burning

Posted in Politics in Mississippi, U.S. Supreme Court
Last week a black church in Greenville was burned and “Vote Trump” spray painted on the side of the brick building. NPR reports that the FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the crime. Comments from most Mississippi political leaders was on point: “Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican who has been campaigning for Donald… Continue Reading

Sun Herald Urges Bryant to Drop HB 1523 Appeal

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Politics in Mississippi
In an editorial published on Thursday, the Sun Herald urged Governor Phil Bryant to drop his appeal of District Judge Carlton Reeves’ ruling that HB 1523 (the religious objections law) is unconstitutional. In addition to urging the Governor to dismiss the appeal, the editorial notes the differences in how the law plays in North Mississippi… Continue Reading

Governor Bryant Makes Incoherent Rigged Election Claim

Posted in National Politics, Politics in Mississippi
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant was on the radio Monday agreeing with Donald Trump’s claim that the presidential election is ‘rigged.’ From Adam Gancheau’s article on Mississippi Today: “The election is rigged,” Bryant said. “Any Republican has to have an overwhelming majority of the vote. And, of course, as it has been designed, as we look… Continue Reading

Judge Reeves Grants Phil Bryant’s Motion to Lose Again

Posted in Politics in Mississippi, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
“Thank you sir may I have another!” On Monday U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves denied Governor Phil Bryant’s Motion to Stay preliminary injunction preventing HB 1523 from becoming law. Here is Larrison Campbell’s article on the decision on Mississippi Today and here is the order denying motion to stay. It was a stupid motion. Judges… Continue Reading

HB 1523 Update: Governor Bryant Appeals

Posted in Politics in Mississippi, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Arielle Dreher with the Jackson Free Press reported last week that Governor Phil Bryant appealed U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves’ decision blocking HB 1523. In addition to the appeal, Governor Bryant asks Judge Reeves to issue a stay on his preliminary injunction because Bryant is likely to succeed on appeal. From the article: Rob McDuff,… Continue Reading

HB 1523 Update: Gov. Bryant Looking Forward to Losing Again

Posted in Politics in Mississippi, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
On Thursday U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves further gutted HB 1523 with this 60 page decision: Barber v. Bryant opinion. I will have more on Judge Reeves’ opinion next week. Meanwhile, according to this Jackson Free Press article Attorney General Jim Hood is not geeked up about losing the case again on appeal: “In consideration… Continue Reading

Federal Court Strikes HB 1523 – Mississippi Preserves its Reputation for Bigotry

Posted in Politics in Mississippi, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
On Monday U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves struck the central ‘feature’ of HB 1523, ruling that county clerks must issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Here is Larrison Campbell’s article on Mississippi Today. Here is Judge Reeves’ Order. The Order includes a lot of procedural noise. Here are key passages: In 2016, Mississippi… Continue Reading

Businesses Bemoan HB 1523

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
The Jackson Free Press ran this article last week about Mississippi businesses suffering as a byproduct of HB 1523, which is a Jim Crow type law that attempts to legalize discrimination against gays. The article notes: Jackson developer and architect Roy Decker lost an investor due to the bill’s passage (Decker is developing one of… Continue Reading