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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Marriage equality supporters hold vigil

About 50 people braved the cold Tuesday night to participate in a candlelight vigil in front of the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Oxford to show support for same-gender marriage rights. (March 27, 2013, Page 1)

Scruggs to fight second conviction

Fallen former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs will ask a federal judge Monday to vacate his conviction and the seven-year sentence he received in 2009 after pleading guilty to trying to influence a circuit court judge. (March 23, 2012, Page 1A)

Judge continues Facebook lawsuit

A U.S. District judge has put a local lawsuit against Facebook on hold while the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation decides whether to consolidate the suit with at least 11 other identical lawsuits that have been filed around the country against the social media giant. (December 20, 2011, Page 1A)

Prosecutor disqualified in Scruggs case

U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. disqualified Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Norman from future proceedings involving Zach Scruggs. (May 12, 2011, Page 2)

Former sports media assistant files suit against Ole Miss

Former Ole Miss sports media assistant Jason D’Abramo claims the University of Mississippi fired him because of a non-sexual relationship with a black female basketball player. D’Abramo filed a lawsuit against Ole Miss on April 26 in the federal court in Oxford. (May 4, 2011, Page 7)

Another interim U.S. Attorney for the Northern District sworn in

The second interim U.S. Attorney for the Northern District was sworn into office Wednesday to temporarily fill the job that was left open when former U.S. Attorney Jim Greenlee retired last year.

Chief Judge Michael P. Mills, on behalf of the judges for the Northern District of Mississippi, announced the appointment of John Marshall Alexander as Interim U.S. Attorney, effective Dec. 28. Mills swore Alexander into office on Wednesday morning at the Federal Courthouse in Oxford. (December 23, 2010, Page 2A)

Ability Works helps the disabled become able

When the tornado destroyed the Ability Works building in 2007, the damage threatened to cripple the company’s ability to help its clients become self-sufficient despite their disabilities.

With the same fortitude and motivation of their clients, the staff at Ability Works continued to work even after they were relocated in a temporary home at the old Walmart building — donated by the University of Mississippi — while a new building was constructed.

A year later, Ability Works was back up and fully functional in its new home.

Last week, Ability Works offered tours of its new facility to the community. (October 11, 2010, Page 6A)

Hunters charged with killing too many ducks

Seven local men where charged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services with 14 counts of illegal duck hunting.

According to the legal information filed Aug. 17 and unsealed Sept. 15  at the Federal Courthouse in Oxford, the men also killed several of the ducks and didn’t retrieve them. Investigators discovered eight mallard ducks hidden in an undisclosed location that were not tagged. (October 6, 2010, Page 6)

County replies to insurance agent’s lawsuit

Attorneys representing the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors denied allegations made by a former insurance agent who claimed the county set him up on conspiracy charges.
The suit, filed May 27 by former insurance agent Ken Nowlin, also names attorney Tony Farese, whom Nowlin says failed to act in his best interest and coerced him into pleading guilty in 2007 to conspiring with former supervisor Gary Massey to scam the county. (June 29, 2010, Page 2)

Court to hear arguments in congressional size lawsuit

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law freezing the number of representatives in the U.S. House will be able to argue their case before three U.S. federal judges in Oxford later this month. (May 18, 2010, Page 2)

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