The public records request dispute playing out in Harrison County this week is highly blog worthy. Unfortunately, my real job has prevented me from writing about the controversy. Look for that to change early next week.

In the meantime, here is the latest Sun Herald article. State Auditor Stacey Pickering is asking the U.S. District Court to bail him out of a mess of his own creation.

Here is the Sun Herald’s article from yesterday’s hearing in Gulfport. Here is a gallery of photos from the hearing. Chancery Court Judge Jennifer Schloegel looks a bit unhappy over Pickering’s blatant disregard of her order to release public records to the Sun Herald.

Here is the video of Pickering’s lawyer John Corlew of Jackson asking Judge Schloegel to recuse herself from the case because she already ruled against them once, or some such nonsense.

Sidebar: The Eaton lawyers should leave the Eaton v. Frisby playbook to that case. It doesn’t work there. It’s not going to work anywhere. A motion to recuse because you lost a prior ruling should be titled: “Motion to Lose Again”. If that was grounds for recusal, then there would literally be a motion for recusal after every ruling. Credit to Sun Herald lawyer Henry Laird for not just laughing.

Here is Slabbed’s post on the controversy.

This is interesting stuff. More next week.

  • Nicholas Greene

    Love the blog.

    Nitpick (blame it on the job) DEFCON 5 is the lowest level of alert. Is that what you meant?

    • PhilipThomas

      The only thing I know about Defcon I learned from the movie War Games, which I haven’t seen in a long time. At what Defcon do they start playing chess?

      I’m going to leave it “Defcon 5”, because a ‘1’ being higher than a ‘5’ is stupid. Only the U.S. government could come up with that.

      • Nicholas Greene

        As a child of the 80s, I salute the reference.

      • The numbers descend, presumably, because after DEFCON 1, there won’t be anything left.

  • Homer Bunt

    If they choose to stick with the Eaton script, they will next attempt to have all the judges from that jurisdiction recused! If at first you don’t piss off the judge, try, try again.

    • Yes: (1) lose stupid motion; (2) move for recusal based on denial of stupid motion; (3) cite denial of recusal as evidence of bias. Repeat as necessary.