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Lawsuit against Scruggs book authors back on

The lawsuit against a political blogger and former federal prosecutor who wrote a book about the legal events leading up to the conviction of former trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs in a judicial bribery case has been is back before the Mississippi Supreme Court. (March 13, 2013, Page 2)

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    Candidates run for retired justice’s seat on MS Supreme Court

    Josiah Coleman, 39, will go face-to-face at the polls Tuesday with Richard “Flip” Phillips, 65, to fight for the right to wear a black robe as a justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court. (November 2, 2012, Page 10A)

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      Court upholds church dispute ruling

      The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld a judge’s ruling that subdivision covenants will not hinder the Oxford Church of Christ moving to a new site in the Long Meadow subdivision. Church officials say plans to move, however, have been postponed. (June 8, 2012, Page 1A)

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        State Supreme Court denies appeal in child rape case

        Three local men found guilty of having sex with a 4-year-old girl in exchange for drugs will not have their appeal heard by the Mississippi Supreme Court. (March 30, 2012, Page 2A)

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          Supreme Court to hear church dispute

          The Mississippi Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute over the possible moving of the Oxford Church of Christ to a new location in the Long Meadow subdivision. (January 10, 2012, Page 2)

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            Prosecutors’ attempt to block Williams retrial denied

            State prosecutors have lost an attempt to have an appeals court rehear a decision to overturn a murder conviction for David Jackson Williams, who was found guilty in 2009 of killing Demetria Bracey, also a former Ole Miss student, with a knife and leaving her body in a closet for four days. (February 25, 2011, Page 2A)

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              New trial in Bracey case

              The Mississippi Supreme Court has overturned  the conviction of a former University of Mississippi student who was sentenced to life in prison for killing his girl friend in 2005.

              David Jackson Williams was convicted in 2007 of killing Demetria Bracey, also a former Ole Miss student, with a knife and leaving her body in a closet for four days. Williams claimed Bracey stabbed herself as part of a suicide pact, however, he failed to go through with the act himself.

              The Supreme Court ordered a new trial for  Williams in a 5-4 decision Wednesday. The court ruled the trial judge, Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth, erred by refusing to give the jury the option of finding Williams guilty of assisted suicide. (November 10, 2010, Page 1)

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                Poor need more access to legal services

                More attorneys need to offer their time to provide pro bono — or free — services to the poor.

                That’s just one of several recommendations outlines in the recently released report from the Access to Justice Commission which summarizes findings of five public hearings held around Mississippi.

                (more…) (September 17, 2010, Page 1A)

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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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                    Court to hear killer’s appeal

                    The Mississippi Supreme Court says it will grant convicted killer David Williams the opportunity to appeal his 2007 conviction when he was sentenced to life in prison for killing college student and former ex-girlfriend, Demetria Bracey of Jackson. Willams’ attorney, David Hill, said that his client did not have a fair trial and they feel confident that the court will correct a bad result. (July 23, 2010, Page 1A)

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