As widely reported, the Mississippi Supreme Court ordered Judge Eddie Bowen to recuse himself in the Smith County asbestos drilling mud case that was tried to a $322 million verdict in May. In June the defendant Union Carbide moved for Judge Bowen’s recusal in the case because his father sued Union Carbide 20 years ago

On Monday Gov. Barbour’s office announced the appointment of District Attorney Eddie Bowen to replace the late Judge Robert Evans as circuit judge in the 13th District (Covington, Jasper, Smith and Simpson counties).

Bowen had been the D.A. for the district since 1999. Perhaps most importantly, Bowen’s D.A. experience gives him name recognition in the district. That will presumably

The Clarion-Ledger reports that Judge Robert Evans’ successor will be chosen by a write-in vote. Judge Evans was the only candidate who qualified to run. He died of cancer after the sign-up deadline passed. The district covers Jasper, Smith, Simpson and Covington counties.

Circuit clerks in the district are not enthused about the upcoming election:

"I see no

The third trial involving the 2001 death of former New York Mets prospect Brian Cole is taking place before Judge Billy Joe Landrum in Laurel or Paulding (I have heard both). Ford Motor Co. is the defendant. The lawsuit alleges defects in a seatbelt and a propensity of an Explorer to roll-over. 

Two prior trials resulted in

The Clarion-Ledger reports today that funeral services for Judge Evans are still pending:

Funeral services are pending for Circuit Judge Robert G. Evans, who died Tuesday from cancer. He was 61.

Evans died at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, less than two months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, according to a statement from his

Circuit Court Judge Robert Evans has died. Judge Evans presided over the Thirteenth District, which included Covington, Jasper, Simpson and Smith Counties.

It’s my understanding that Judge Evans was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a couple of months ago. 

Judge Evans was very popular among both the Bar and Judiciary in Mississippi. On the rare occasions that

I have a little more information on the $15.2 million drilling mud verdict this week in Jones County. The verdict was all compensatory damages. The jury considered punitive damages, but did not return a verdict. 

Reports are that it was an asbestos drilling mud case. The plaintiff has severe asbestosis according to his treating physician