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Mississippi Supreme Court

Court upholds death sentence

In a 5-4 decision Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court rejected the appeal for Caleb Corrothers who was found guilty by a jury on two counts of capital murder and sentenced to death row for killing Frank and Taylor Clark over $5,000 in 2009. (June 27, 2014, Page 1A, 5A)

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    Property appeal set for June hearing

    On June 3, the MS Supreme Court will hear an annexation case involving the property where the new Baptist Memorial Hospital is being built. (May 12, 2014, Page 1)

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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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