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Mississippi

252 ABA Journal Mississippi articles.

How do the states stack up? Lawyers make the most and least money in these areas

Lawyers make the lowest average salary in Montana and the highest average salary in California, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Mississippi takes steps to end delays in psychiatric evaluations of criminal defendants

Mississippi’s Department of Mental Health will spend nearly $20 million on a new unit for forensic beds, an investment the state hopes will relieve a long-standing embarrassment: the months, even…

Mississippi ranks last when it comes to access to justice; Tiffany Graves hopes to change that

Growing up in a working-class household and with a large extended family in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Tiffany Graves knows what it looks like when a lawyer’s services are out of reach.

Kavanaugh opinion overturns conviction of black defendant for racial bias in jury selection

A black Mississippi inmate faces a possible seventh trial after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Friday that a prosecutor had displayed racial bias in jury selection.

In states where inmates can vote, few exercise their right to cast ballots

When Sen. Bernie Sanders championed voting rights for prisoners during a CNN town hall, he spotlighted an intensifying national debate about why going to prison means losing the right to vote.

Mississippi institutes rule requiring more schooling after 3 bar exam failures

The state supreme court granted a petition from the Mississippi Board of Bar Examiners that requires 12 additional semester hours of law school before making a fourth attempt on the test.

2 US law firms lost over $117K to international cybercrime network, indictment alleges

A law firm in Washington, D.C., and a law office in Wellesley, Massachusetts, are among the victims of malware attacks by an overseas cybercrime network.

Lawyer held in contempt for spending $390K in frozen funds spends 2 weekends per month in jail

A lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi, continues to spend two weekends per month in jail for contempt of court after he failed to persuade a judge to switch him to home…

Federal judge compares Trump’s attacks on judiciary to KKK tactics

In a speech last week at his law school alma mater, a Mississippi federal judge compared President Donald Trump’s attacks on the judiciary to tactics used by segregationists and lawyers for the Ku Klux Klan.

5th Circuit judge raises eyebrows with ‘majority-minority panel’ reference in gerrymandering case

A dissent by Circuit Judge Edith Brown Clement in a Mississippi gerrymandering case is raising some questions and eyebrows. What, exactly, did the federal appeals judge mean when she wrote…

Conflict questions raised about prosecutors’ vote to join police union

Assistant prosecutors and investigators in St. Louis County have voted to join the police union in advance of a reform-minded leader taking the helm.

The Monday vote is raising questions…

Judge rules sheriff violated rights of woman held in jail for three months without seeing judge

A federal judge in Mississippi has ruled that a Mississippi county and its sheriff violated the constitutional rights of a woman held in jail for three months without seeing a…

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.

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