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Big Changes Coming in MS Expungement Law.

The MS Legislature passed HB 1352 in April of 2019 that greatly expanded the types of convictions eligible to be expunged. Governor Bryant approved it on April 16, 2019 with an effective date of July 1, 2019. Prior to this bill, the only felonies eligible to be expunged, other than those non-adjudicated, were possession of […]

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Not Guilty in Rankin County

Paul Lee Phillips was indicted in October of 2018 for Felonious Child Abuse in Rankin County, Mississippi. A trial was held on June 4, 2019, where a jury deliberated for less than an hour finding Mr. Phillips not guilty. Phillips was defended by Sumrall & Welch.

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Another victory in Hinds County.

Quantas Turner was indicted as a 99-19-83 habitual offender for aggravated assault on July 25, 2018. He was represented by Sumrall & Welch, and was found not guilty by a Hinds County jury on May 7, 2019.

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MS Legislature attempting to bring back civil administrative forfeitures.

Civil asset forfeiture is a method by which law enforcement agencies seize money, guns, vehicles, property or anything of value that they believe has been involved in violation of Mississippi’s Uniform Controlled Substances law. Until last year, MS had administrative civil forfeiture. That was when the thing(s) seized had a value of under $20,000. The […]

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Two victories in Pike County.

On June 8, 2018, Circuit Judge Michael Taylor granted a Motion to Dismiss for Double Jeopardy in State v. William Martin. On the same day, Judge Taylor granted Jahadd Allen’s Motion for New Trial. Allen had been convicted of four counts of Armed Robbery, but due to discovery violations, the Court granted Allen a new […]

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Strange case out of the MS Supreme Court on May 10, 2018.

Damian Pace was indicted for one count of burglary, one count of forcible rape, two counts of kidnapping, and one count of extortion. The jury acquitted Pace of the rape count, but found him guilty on the other counts. Kind of. What makes this case different is the jury found Pace guilty of robbery. Problem […]

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Reversal in Court of Appeals on defense of necessity.

Martez Taylor was convicted on the charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Hinds County in July of 2016. The Court of Appeals reversed the conviction due to the trial court’s refusal to give a jury instruction regarding the defense of necessity. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is […]

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Another not guilty in Hinds County.

On December 12, 2017, Kaomi Hutton was found not guilty by a Hinds County jury for the charge of Grand Larceny. Ms. Hutton was defended by Sumrall & Welch.

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Not Guilty in Hinds County.

On December 1, 2017, David Devon Lee was found not guilty of possession of methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm by a Hinds County jury. He was defended by Sumrall & Welch on the charges.

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Attempted Murder dismissal with prejudice.

Brandon Miller was charged with Attempted Murder in Neshoba County in 2016. His case was successfully dismissed with prejudice on July 12, 2017.

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