Governor Barbour’s appointment yesterday of Court of Appeals Chief Judge Leslie King to replace Justice James Graves on the Supreme Court was anticlimactic. It’s a bit like hiring an assistant coach on your current staff to replace your head football coach. It may be the best move, but it’s not very exciting for the fan base.
With the U.S. Senate approving Justice James Graves’ appointment to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, attention turns to who Governor Barbour will appoint to replace Graves on the Miss. Supreme Court. I posted on this issue in this post last June. I’ve had lines in the water for weeks on this issue…
Charles Griffin is reporting that Justice James Graves’ 5th Circuit nomination made it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning. Here is the link.
Justice James Graves’ Senate Judiciary Committee Re-vote will be Thursday January 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. That is 9:00 a.m. Jackson time. Here is the agenda. You can also link to a live webcast of the hearing at the same link. But I doubt that it will be very exciting.
The re-vote is necessary because judicial nominations expired…
The Mississippi Supreme Court issued its first opinions for 2011 today, including an interesting opinion in Loggers, LLC v. 1 Up Technologies, LLC. Here is the Court’s opinion.
Justice Graves wrote the Court’s opinion.
The underlying case was a small breach of contract case in the Pearl River County Circuit Court. The case…
Today’s headlines suggesting that Justice James Graves’ nomination to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is dead are misleading. Judicial nominations not yet approved by the full Senate die as a matter of course when the Senate adjourns for the year. That does not mean that Graves will not be confirmed.
The key statement in…
On Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed a $1,855,000 Copiah County jury verdict in a 7–2 decision in Lincoln Electric v. McLemore. Here is the Court’s opinion.
This was a product liability failure to warn case involving a welder’s claim that exposure to welding fumes resulted in a neurological disease called manganism.
The Senate Judiciary Committee did not act on any pending judicial nominations today. This included the 5th Circuit nomination for Justice James Graves. Here is the link.
The Point of Law blog noted in a post today that conservatives are trying to stall on all nominations for the entire lame duck session.
On Thursday a divided (5–3) Miss. Supreme Court reversed and rendered in favor of the defense in Gardner Denver, Inc. v. Pittman. Here is the Court’s opinion, which Chief Justice Waller wrote. Justice Graves wrote a dissent joined by Justices Kitchens and Chandler.
This was an asbestos case in Hinds County Circuit Court before…
This Politico article from last week discusses the Republican political strategy of delaying votes on all President Obama’s federal judiciary nominations.
The linked article includes this picture of Sessions:
Anyway, the article mentions Democrats whining about the delays and goes on to state: