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A first for the MS Supreme Court today.

For the most part, those who read Appellate decisions are lawyers who wish to immediately stay current on the law.  For the first time ever, at least as far as I can tell, an Appellate Court has allowed anyone to literally judge the evidence for themselves.   Lenoir v. State The case dealt with an […]

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Justice Kitchens finally said what the Criminal Defense Bar has known forever.

Mouton v. State   I maintain that qualified nurses—irrespective of whether they are qualified in civil or criminal cases—should be allowed to testify to causation. If this Court forbids a qualified nurse to testify to causation in a civil case in which mere money is at stake, why should a sexual assault nurse examiner be […]

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Voluntary dismissal with prejudice in Marion County.

Mr. Sumrall was hired by Rickey Groves for the charge of felony fleeing in Marion County. On July 6, 2016, after five minutes of total testimony, Mr. Sumrall due to his research into the facts of the case and the applicable law, was able to exclude all testimony, which resulted in the State having no […]

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Not Guilty on First Degree Murder.

Mr. Sumrall was hired to represent Joshua Ducksworth in Scott County, Mississippi who had been charged with First Degree Murder. After a two day trial, the Jury deliberated for less than two hours and returned a Not Guilty verdict on June 21, 2016.

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Two dissents in the Mississippi Supreme Court on March 20, 2014

Its unusual for their to be multiple dissents in the Supreme Court in a week and this week there were two, all for disparate reasons. The first case was Sherman v. State. Sherman was convicted of possession of precursors used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. He was convicted for possessing pseudoephedrine and sodium hydroxide (basically […]

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Another Speedy Trial Dissent

The Mississippi Supreme Court today affirmed that “the right to a speedy trial is dead and gone in the State of Mississippi.” Franklin v. State Ricky Franklin was convicted on one count of kidnapping and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Hind County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill sentenced Franklin to thirty years […]

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Recent MS Appellate Court Decisions.

Lowe v. State. The Mississippi Supreme Court reversed Lowe’s convictions for exploitation of a child in the Free State of Jones, on December 12, 2013. The State alleged that Lowe used his computer to download sexually explicit images of children under the age of 18, five counts. The State’s investigation centered around the forensic examination […]

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DNA conviction in Mississippi

There have been a number of cases where DNA evidence has exonerated a number of wrongfully convicted people in MS and throughout the nation. This is not one of those cases. Cotton v. State. Fannie Burks was murdered in Tunica County in 1995 but the case went cold. For an unexplained reason, the Tunica County […]

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Another opinion on sentence enhancements in Mississippi.

Taylor v. State. Carlos Taylor was indicted for, among other things, possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility. He was convicted and after the trial the trial court held a hearing to determine if he should be sentenced under 99-19-83, which is the mandatory life in prison habitual offender statute. Taylor had previously […]

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Recent cases in Mississippi on sentence enhancements.

On May 30, 2013 the Mississippi Supreme Court vacated the subsequent offender sentence of Dwayne Boyd. Boyd was convicted of the sale of more than 30 grams but less than one kilogram of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a school, Canton Alternative School in Madison, Mississippi. He was sentenced, as a subsequent drug offender, to […]

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