Mississippi

210 ABA Journal Mississippi articles.

Dark tale of ‘The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist’ brings false convictions to light (podcast)
For nearly two decades, Dr. Steven Hayne and Dr. Michael West were the go-to experts who Mississippi law enforcement and prosecutors relied on when there was a potential homicide. Hayne performed the bulk of the autopsies in the state, while West was a dentist who touted his skill in bite-mark analysis and his pioneering use of UV light on human skin to detect trace markings he claimed he could match to objects. But after years of investigations and countless testimonies from the men, their claims of expertise began to fall apart—and wrongful convictions began coming to light.
Supreme Court won’t hear lawyer’s equal-protection challenge to Mississippi flag

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a black Mississippi lawyer who claimed the Confederate battle emblem on the state’s flag violated his constitutional right…

Judge is accused of barring mother from seeing her child for 14 months over fee nonpayment
A Mississippi judge has resigned after he was accused of barring a mother from seeing her child until she paid court fees, keeping the 4-month-old child from the mother for the next 14 months.
Ex-con and Yale Law grad must prove ‘good moral character’ before being able to practice

A former convict who has graduated from Yale Law School and is an acclaimed author and poet now must prove his “good moral character” to Connecticut officials before he can…

Lawsuit alleges Mississippi deprives black children of equal educational opportunities

The Southern Poverty Law Center has sued the state of Mississippi, alleging it’s systematically failing to fund schools in majority-black areas, The Associated Press and the Washington Post

How a Chinese-American family challenged school segregation in 1920s Mississippi (podcast)
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Almost 30 years before Linda Brown and her parents took on the Topeka Board of Education in Brown v. Board of

Lawyer who says he was stigmatized by Mississippi flag has no standing to sue, 5th Circuit says

A black Mississippi lawyer who said he was stigmatized by the state flag’s incorporation of the Confederate flag has no standing to sue, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The…

‘Dreamer’ immigrant released after arrest that followed speech at press conference

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released a young woman who was arrested by ICE agents directly after speaking at a press conference about her fear of deportation,

Sanction is upheld for unpaid lawyer’s refusal to represent indigent defendant

The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld a sanction for an appointed lawyer who refused to represent an indigent defendant because of fears he would not be paid.

In a Jan.…

Law firm can run ads targeting specific nursing home, Georgia Supreme Court rules

A Mississippi-based law firm seeking nursing home neglect and abuse cases didn’t violate Georgia trademark law by targeting PruittHealth Inc. in one of its ads, the Georgia Supreme Court has…

Judge blocks federal rule that would ban arbitration in nursing home disputes

The implementation of a new rule prohibiting federal funds for nursing homes that enter binding arbitration agreements with residents has been blocked by a U.S. district court judge, who found…

Clowns in this county can be fined up to $150

Clowns aren’t wanted in Kemper County, Mississippi.

County supervisors passed an ordinance banning anyone from appearing in public in a clown costume, clown mask or clown makeup, report the

Woman jailed 96 days without hearing or lawyer can’t sue after charge is tossed, federal judge rules

A woman who was indicted on a charge that turned out to be unsupported by the evidence can’t sue, even though she was jailed in Mississippi for 96 days without…

Assistant prosecutor secretly taped DA accused of aiding criminal defendant

An assistant prosecutor secretly taped conversations with a Mississippi district attorney accused of conspiring to aid a criminal defendant, according to transcripts filed in court on Tuesday.

The lawyer for…

Judge should be removed from office for ‘aggression and bigotry,’ state high court says

A Mississippi judge who failed to win re-election last year should nonetheless be sanctioned with removal from office for “aggression and bigotry” he displayed at a flea market, the Mississippi…

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