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At 1:30 the MSSC will hear the case of Douglas Michael Long, Jr. v. David J. Vitkausakas, another bullshit alienation of affection lawsuit. Apparently these still exist because we have a legislature full of idiots. And henceforth we are dealing with Doug and Dave because I refuse to type Vitausakas more than I have already. The issue here is personal jurisdiction. Doug sued Dave in 2014 after he and his wife Catherine divorced. Doug and…
Hand down list Irvin A. Payne v. State of Mississippi –  possession of ethylone  – Payne was convicted of  unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon  and possession of a controlled substance.  The items were found after a traffic stop.   The court reverses and renders the conviction for possession of a controlled substance because he was indicted for possession of “ethylone”  and that is not listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances…
At 1:30 the COA will hear the case of The Saxon Group v. South Mississippi Power Association. SMEPA is a generation transmission electric power coop that sells electricity wholesale to eleven distribution coops in Mississippi. Saxon was a Georgia construction company that was awarded a bid for mechanical and electrical construction services at SMEPA’s Moselle Power Station. There were a few disagreements and Saxon claimed that SMEPA used these to avoid paying Saxon $3,000,000 it…
At 10:30 the Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the case of Charles Araujo, et al v. Governor Phil Bryant, et al., the case that challenged the law that required school districts to share their tax levies with charter schools. When a student enrolls in a charter school, the school district where the student resides sends a pro rata portion of its ad valorem revenue to the charter school pursuant to MCA § 37- 28-55(2). Parents…
Hand down list In Re: In the Matter of the Appointment and Setting Salary for County Court Administrator and Deputy Court Administrator: Hinds County, Mississippi v. Hon. William Skinner and Larita Cooper Stokes –  appeal of order by county court judges – When the two Hinds County Court judges signed an administrative order setting the salaries of their administrators higher  than the budgeted amount set by the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, Hinds County appealed.…
Hand down list Coast Plaza LLC, Michael J. Thompson, Keith Paul Gagnon, and Estate of Milton L. Gagnon v. RCH Capital LLC, RCH Mortgage Fund V LLC, and Michael J. Yentzen Esq., as Substitute Trustee –  breach of alleged settlement agreement – The Coast Plaza parties sued the RCH parties to enforce a settlement agreement allegedly entered into after Gulf Coast defaulted on a loan where the collateral was a strip mall.  Coast Plaza claimed…
At 10:00 the COA will hear the case of Annis Willis Ranier v. River Oaks Hospital, LLC. Ranier worked at River Oaks Hospital for 30 years despite having a severe allergy to latex. In 2011 she was a patient there and undergoing a venogram to test the relative condition of the veins in her legs. Prior to the procedure, a technician had her blow on a syringe which had a latex glove on the other…
Hand down list In The Matter of The Last Will and Testament of Mary Saunders Waller: Brenda Gordon and Craig Gordon v. Sherry Wall, Administratrix C.T.A. of the Estate of Mary Saunders–  inter vivos gift – Ninety-year-old  Mary Saunders Waller gave her  daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Craig Gordon, 450 acres.  A conservator was appointed for Waller shortly before her  death and she filed a petition in the probate action to set aside the…
Hand down list Ruben Orlando Benitez v. Joel Wallace – statute of limitations – Ruben Orlando Benitez was convicted of the murder of Stacey Wright.  His conviction was affirmed on appeal in 2014.  In June  2017, Benitez sued MBI investigator  Joel Wallace  alleging that Wallace committed several torts against him during the investigation into Wright’s murder.   The trial court granted Wallace’s motion to dismiss, finding that the alleged tortious conduct occurred in 2011, and therefore…