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

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Mississippi Judicial Elections Produce Some Surprises

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Mississippi Court of Appeals, Politics in Mississippi
Trying to get election results for down ballot races in Mississippi is tough. I watched WLBT’s website last night and early this morning. Now (5:20 a.m.) it’s results are down. And now back up here. Before I get into it, take all this for what it’s worth. The way results came in for local races… Continue Reading

What’s Behind the Alt-Right’s Attack on Judge Ozerden?

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, National Politics, Politics in Mississippi
It’s been known for a while that Mississippi’s Senate delegation submitted U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden’s name to the White House to fill the seat on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated by Judge Grady Jolly.  But the pick has run into trouble from an unlikely source: the right. Specifically, the alt-right. Over the… Continue Reading

Judicial Election Time

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
The deadline for running for judicial office has passed. Luckily for me, the topic has already been written about. Judge Primeaux covers the races for chancery court seats. The Clarion-Ledger covers the state and local races. My first impression is that there are more contested seats than usual. A number of sitting judges are not… Continue Reading

Governor Bryant Appoints Joseph Sclafani to Hinds County Circuit Court Judge

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Politics in Mississippi
The Clarion-Ledger’s Jimmie Gates reports on Governor Bryant’s appointment of Joseph Sclafani from a field of 11 applicants to fill the retired Judge Bill Gowan’s seat on the Hinds County Circuit Court. Sclafani has practiced at Brunini in Jackson since 2003. He will run for a 4-year term in the November election. The article notes… Continue Reading

Judicial Derby Update

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
Here is the latest qualifying list for judicial races on the Senator in Waiting Secretary of State’s website: 2018 Candidate Qualifying List. Looks like Hinds County is headed for a real shakeup with two incumbent Circuit Judges not qualified to run for re-election (Weill and Gowan). These lists do not mean that much until the… Continue Reading

As We Wait on the 5th Circuit Appointment, Another Vacancy Looms

Posted in National Politics, Politics in Mississippi, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Without re-opening the debate about whether Mississippi is in danger of losing a seat on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, another vacancy looms. According to this website, District Judge Louis Guirola will take senior status effective March 23, 2018. That will create a District Judge seat in Gulfport. I have heard nothing about potential… Continue Reading

Changes to the Mississippi Bench On The Way

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
Both Judge Griffis and Judge Primeaux have already posted on their blogs this year about Mississippi’s 2018 judicial races. Judge Primeaux noted yesterday: I am hearing that there will be a significant number of positions that will come open by retirement or resignation. In my local courts, for instance, one chancery position will be open… Continue Reading

My Take on Trump Visit to Mississippi

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
President Trump was in Jackson Saturday for the opening of the Civil Rights and Mississippi Museums. Here are my thoughts: Paved streets— Trump’s visit got us some streets paved downtown. The streets the motorcade came down were paved in the 1-2 weeks before Saturday. The Pearl Street off-ramp, Jefferson St. and Amite St. were all… Continue Reading

Mississippi Appears Favorite to Retain Open 5th Circuit Seat

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, National Politics, Politics in Mississippi
Geoff Pender’s article on the Clarion-Ledger’s website Thursday confirmed that the recent nominations to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals did not include a nomination for the seat held by the retired Judge Grady Jolly. From the article: On Thursday, the White House sent the Engelhardt nomination to the Senate listed as a replacement for… Continue Reading

Update on Mississippi’s Lost 5th Circuit Seat

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, National Politics, Politics in Mississippi
The A.P. has a short story today titled ‘Mississippi jurist should fill appellate seat, senators say.’ Here are the key passages: Mississippi’s two Republican U.S. senators say they are working with President Donald Trump’s administration to fill a seat on a federal appeals court with someone from the state. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker… Continue Reading

Mississippi Loses Seat on Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, National Politics, Politics in Mississippi
President Trump announced his nominations for the vacant seats on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday. The slots are going to two Texans and two Louisianans. This apparently includes the seat held by the retiring Judge Grady Jolly, whose chambers are in Jackson. Louisiana gained a seat. Here is a link to a How… Continue Reading

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