Hinds County Defense Verdict

There was a defense verdict returned on Friday in a Hinds County medical malpractice trial. I do not know the names of the parties or the facts of the case. The vote was 11-1.

Heber Simmons of Ridgeland represented the plaintiff. Mildred Morris of Watkins Eager in Jackson represented the defendant. Stuart Harmon of Jackson represented a defendant who was dismissed via a directed verdict. Judge William Gowan presided in the case.

Sun-Herald Article on Former Miss. Supreme Court Justice Joel Blass

The Sun-Herald ran this article over the weekend on former Supreme Court Justice Joel Blass of Pass Christian. Blass bucked the racist norm in the Mississippi Legislature in the 1950’s and was highly respected in the legal community. The article quotes current Supreme Court Justice Jess Dickinson:

Jess Dickinson, a presiding State Supreme Court Justice, practiced law with Blass in Gulfport in the early 1990s.

“The practice of law today really needs a dose of professionalism,” he said. “The lawyers have gotten so strident and aggressive. They do so in an attempt to represent their clients, but professionalism has seemed to drift away from this profession.

“Joel Blass exhibited the epitome of professionalism. He is a gentleman’s gentleman, a lawyer’s lawyer, a scholar, and a mentor to every lawyer, whether they were in his firm or not. You could always trust him.”

Justice Dickinson’s comments are consistent with everything that I’ve heard about Blass.