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Court seeks input on pro bono proposals

The Supreme Court is asking the public for its opinion on proposals intended to improve access of legal services for the financially needy. Proposals under review call for making 20 hours of annual pro bono service mandatory for Mississippi attorneys, raising to $500 the payments lawyers may make in lieu of doing pro bono work, and increasing fees paid by out of state lawyers to $500 per case.

The Supreme Court Rules Committee is asking the public to comment on the proposed change by filing a comment with the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Gartin Justice Building, P.O. Box 249, Jackson MS 39205-0249. Deadline for filing the comments is Oct. 1. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)

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    Younger Scruggs asks court to vacate his conviction

    In what appears to be an attempt to gain back his ability to practice law, David Zachery “Zach” Scruggs, is asking a federal court judge to vacate his conviction in a judicial bribery scheme that sent several attorneys to prison, including his father, noted former trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. (August 20, 2010, Page 2A)

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      Fake pot banned

      City joins county in making ‘spice’ illegal. A public hearing was held in City Hall and no proposal was made for or against the substance until Alderman Janice Antonow made a motion to make the ban effective immediately due to health concerns. The ordinance makes the possession, use or sale of any synthetic marijuana a misdemeanor with a possible $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. (August 18, 2010)

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        Victim fights back: Man charged with brazen day-time burglary

        A Wellsgate woman tells her story of finding a burglar in her garage and her brave attempt at thwarting his plan.

        The alleged burglar, Michael Lynn Adams, 40, of Oxford, was later found by Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputies and taken to the Lafayette County Detention Center where he is being held with no bond. (August 10, 2010, Page 1)

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          Charges dropped against Oxford man

          Charges against a man who allegedly molested a minor under the age of 15 more than 20 years ago have been dismissed.

          See all of July’s court term results in today’s EAGLE. (August 5, 2010, Page 1)

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            Homes of convicted child molesters burn this morning

            With the former occupants in prison, two homes that were left empty burned down early this morning on County Road 250.
            Firefighters with the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department responded to 49 CR 250 at about 4:54 this morning where they discovered a wood house and a mobile home on fire. (August 5, 2010, Page 1)

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              Six arrested for insurance fraud

              The parents of several minors who allegedly faked a wreck have been arrested and charged with insurance fraud, according to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.
              The staged “wreck” took place in August 2008 in Lafayette County, allegedly involving two vehicles and several minors. The minors have not been charged. (August 4, 2010, Page 2)

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                City eyes ban on fake pot

                On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors  banned the sale or possession of synthetic marijuana for the entire county, which included inside the city limits.
                Just to make sure the message is clear, the Oxford Board of Aldermen are also considering an ordinance banning the fake marijuana that’s known by several brand names, including K2, Spice, Demon, Voodoo, Genie and Zohai. (August 4, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Scam artists targeting elderly diabetic patients

                  Scammers are targeting elderly people with diabetes to get their credit card and other personal information.
                  Consumers have called the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi and the American Diabetes Association to report they are receiving unsolicited requests from individuals purporting to be employees with those organizations. (July 29, 2010, Page 2)

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                    Social media sites changing law

                    Like many judges around the country, Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth has had to start including warnings to jurors that as long as they are sitting on the jury, they can’t discuss the case on any social media outlet, such as Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. (July 26, 2010, Page 1)

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