Thursday, July 27, 2017

A tragic day in Jackson.

Say it ain't so? Yes, it is so.  Two Sisters is closed. The picture shown below was taken at noon today. 

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To gain it all and lose it all in one day

Note: The subject of this post is not the attorney with the same phonetically-sounding but different spelled name at Baker Donelson.

Ridgeland attorney Allen Smith has racked up an impressive series of wins in lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson in St. Louis over products liability claims involving talc powder. However, the U.S. Supreme Court might have just thrown a huge freeze over his success in one day with a June ruling. 

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Pair plead guilty in cream scheme.

The Justice Department issued the following statement.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Convicted! Did D.A.'s alibi disappear?

Updated with press release from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. 

Christopher Butler was convicted of felonious possession of marijuana in Hinds County Circuit Court today.  The case was the subject of much controversy, as Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith tried to withdraw the indictment.  The Attorney General took over the prosecution of the case.  Judge Jeff Weill will sentence Butler Friday morning.  The indictment and part of the file is posted below. The jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning a guilty verdict. 

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Jackson loses a round in airport fight.

The City of Jackson will have to watch the fight in federal court over control of the airport from the sidelines.  U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves dismissed Jackson from Stallworth et al v. Governor Phil Bryant, et al today.  He said the City of Jackson had no standing to fight the state takeover of the airport in federal court.  The FAA nor any other federal agency had taken any action regarding the municipal airport.  Thus no federal question existed.  He also ruled the legislature's actions did not violate Jackson's due process or other constitutional rights.  JMAA remains a party to the lawsuit. 

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Rick Cleveland answers Ole Miss questions

The Answer Man returns to answer all the questions folks are asking about the Ole Miss football situation:

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No more misdemeanor bookings in Raymond unless you are a drunk or a wife-beater.

The Raymond Detention Center will no longer accept prisoners who are arrested for misdemeanor charges.  The new policy does not apply to DUI and Domestic Violence arrests.  The memo is posted below.

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Feds to DPS: Pay it back! All $7 million.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demanded the Mississippi Department of Public Safety repay $7.1 million in DUI enforcement grants.  DPS stalled paying the federal government for several years, but the NHTSA finally said enough is enough and referred the debt to the Treasury Department for collection last November.  NHTSA also said Mississippi continued to have problems in using the grants. DPS refused to provide any records about the demands to this website but JJ was able to obtain them from NHTSA. 

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Lindsey Miller rips Rebel Rags

Lindsey Miller denied any participation in the Great Maroon Conspiracy.  Rebel Rags sued Mississippi State football players Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones for defamation in Lafayette County Circuit Court on June 9.  The complaint also named Lindsey Miller and several John Does as defendants.   Lindsey Miller is the stepfather of Laremy Tunsil. A NCAA Notice of Allegations charged that an unnamed Ole Miss booster gave free merchandise to two unnamed players in violation of NCAA guidelines.  The President of Rebel Rags, Terry Warren, didn't take kindly to such allegations and made his displeasure quite known in the complaint.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Judge Thomas stays Ethics Commission order in Ole Miss case.

Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas just issued a temporary stay of the Mississippi Ethics Commission order that directed Ole Miss to provide a copy of the NCAA amended notice of allegations with the unredacted names of boosters cited in the notice.  A hearing will be held on August 15, 2017.

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"Just say yes!!!"

Bravo! will close for several weeks as it undertakes renovations.  Don't take JJ's word for it.  Watch the video:

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Siemens and M.A.C. kiss & make up.

Siemens and M.A.C. settled their federal lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate dismissed without prejudice M.A. C. Associates v. Siemens et al on July 21.  The order states that the two sides settled the case for undisclosed terms.

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UMMC offers telehealth to employees

UMMC issued the following statement. 

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NAACP names fraudster as interim President

The Executive Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People appointed Derrick Johnson as interim President and CEO of the civil rights organization.  Mr. Johnson has been the president of the Mississippi Chapter of the NAACP.  However, JJ readers will remember that Derrick Johnson was busted for operating a bogus charity several years ago.   JJ reported on August 30, 2013:

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Monday, July 24, 2017

As the Rebel Turns

Neal McCready is tweeting that Ole Miss received the NCAA's reply to Ole Miss's response to the amended notice of allegations last Friday. 

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Medicaid has privacy breach

The Mississippi Division of Medicaid issued the following notice last June:

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Smith tries to stop Hood in federal court.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith asked a federal court today to stop his retrial from taking place.  The petition for a writ of habeas corpus argues the Attorney General should be stopped from trying Mr. Smith for a second time since a juror allegedly and intentionally tried to effect a mistrial.  The petition is posted below. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves.  The D.A. was indicted by a Hinds County grand jury for improperly helping criminal defendants.  His January trial ended in a mistrial.  His second trial is scheduled to begin on July 30.

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Bracey v. Yarber update: Get out the Lysol.

Nasty! That is the only way to describe what was recently filed in the Kimberly Bracey v. City of Jackson et al.  Kimberly Bracey sued the city and former Mayor Tony Yarber for sexual harassment that allegedly occurred while she worked for him as his executive assistant.    The case is currently winding its way through the legal process in federal court. 

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

A peek at the violent delights

Westworld won't return until 2018 but HBO released this trailer at Comic Con:

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You can't make this up.

The Hookers & Hugh scandal has brought a few knuckleheads out of the woodwork as everyone tries to be a comedian.

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Dereliction of Duty.

The Board of Trustees for the Jackson Public School District is now short of a quorum.  WLBT reported:

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Sunday morning Sermon

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this 1996 sermon by the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  He preached from 1Corinthians 6: 18-20.   Some readers will appreciate the irony of the topic.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

How the Freeze got burnt

Here is some red meat from Gene's Page for those who need their daily dose of Rebeldrama this morning. The post is Steve Robertson's tale of how the Mr. Freeze's Tampa services were discovered.  It is from a message board so take it for what it is worth. 

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Bill Crawford: Sports betting on the sly?

Speaking of doofuses, did you see Geoff Pender's column entitled "Did legislative leadership really fall for sports-betting rope-a-dope?" Or the earlier Mississippi Today story entitled "Lawmakers: Didn’t think law would legalize sports betting?"

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Winter is getting colder

Game of Thrones opened with this glorious scene that made Michael Corleone look like an amateur:

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The Oxford Eagle gives the rest of the state media a lesson in how to present a hot story on the front page:

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Idiot of the day.

A so-called journalist at USA Today wrote this mindless politically-correct tripe about Dunkirk in his review:

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Flexing the muscle?

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba nominated himself and newly-minted Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Robert Blaine to the 1% Sales Tax Commission.  He also said he expected the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce to give him it's four appointments to the Commission as well.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Freeze quits!

Press conference at 7:30 PM on ESPNews.   Read the bombshell story here. 

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Priester challenges Pamela Anderson

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. issued this challenge to The Pamela Anderson and PETA on his Facebook page:

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Not so bright.

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

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Judge asked to recuse himself in Ole Miss booster fight

The war between Steve Robertson and Ole Miss opened up another front yesterday.   Mr. Robertson won a round last week in his fight to obtain the names of the boosters cited in two NCAA notices of allegations that were issued to Ole Miss.  However, an unnamed booster, John Doe, asked Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas to void the Ethics Commission order.   The reporter asked Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas to recuse himself from the case yesterday since he has connections to Ole Miss. 

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Judge Kidd denies Ben Allen's request to toss verdict.

Ben Allen will have to take his fight against Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith to another court.  Circuit Judge Winston Kidd denied his motion for a j.n.o.v. and a new trial yesterday.*  Mr. Allen was convicted of one count of embezzlement in February.  A grand jury indicted him for ten counts of embezzling funds from his employer, Downtown Jackson Partners.  However, the non-profit organization defended him and said he did not embezzle funds.  Judge Winston Kidd gave him a suspended prison sentence of five years and a probation term of two years. 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017


The Mississippi Supreme Court denied Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith's interlocutory appeal. It looks like we will have a trial at the end of the month. More information to follow.  The order states:

This matter is before the panel of Dickinson, P.J., Coleman and Beam, JJ., on Robert Smith's Second Petition for Interlocutory Appeal by Permission, filed by counsel for Smith. Also before the panel is Smith's Motion to Stay Trial Court Proceedings and the response thereto filed by counsel for the State of Mississippi. Having duly considered this matter, we find that the petition for interlocutory appeal should be denied. Further, the motion to stay trial court proceedings should be dismissed as moot.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Robert Smith's Second Petition for Interlocutory Appeal by Permission is hereby denied.

IT IS FURTHER  ORDERED  that the Motion to Stay Trial Court  Proceedings  is hereby dismissed as moot.

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Investor alert!!!

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Meadowbrook shootout

JPD issued the following statement:

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Firm but fair: Shoot child, go home.

Jackson Municipal Court Judge Ali Shamsid-Dunce released without bond a man accused of shooting a seven-year old child in the neck.  The Clarion-Ledger reported:

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Ben Allen will fight

Ben Allen filed a notice of appeal in Hinds County Circuit Court Monday.   The notice states:

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mayor works with Republicans to fight blight

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement and pictures. 

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Where did the pay raises go?

The low pay of Detention Officers has been a thorn in the side of Hinds County for quite some time.  The Justice Department blames much of the jail's problem on a shortage of employees, while the Sheriff blames the staffing shortage on the low pay scale.  An attempt by the Supervisors to increase the pay of the Detention Officers nearly ten years ago shows the problems in trying to give such raises. 

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7 year-old girl shot

A seven year-old girl was shot at 11:09 PM last night in Jackson.  JPD tweeted:

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Monday, July 17, 2017

John Doe sues Ethics Commission over Ole Miss ruling.

Ole Miss booster John Doe isn't taking his loss at the Ethics Commission last week lying down.  He appealed the decision to Hinds County Chancery Court today.  Read the petition for yourself.

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Teresa Malone to plead guilty in Epps case.

One more domino is falling in the Chris Epps scandal.  Teresa Malone filed a motion to change her plea from not guilty to guilty in U.S. District Court today.  A federal grand jury indicted her for one count of attempt & conspiracy and a count of bribery of a public official.  The motion states she accepted a plea agreement offered by federal prosecutors. 

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Public Notice for airport project.

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority is advertising for bids for a a roof fall protection project for the west concourse at the airport.  The notice is posted below for interested parties.

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Support JJ

It's time for the annual fund-raising drive for Jackson Jambalaya.

Thank you very much for your support of Jackson Jambalaya and reading the blog over the years. We've come a long way since we started up in 2007.  This blog couldn't have gotten as far as it has without support from the readers.  You've donated money, provided tips, and helped provide information when it was needed.  JJ is asking for your help again this year.

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Teen pleads guilty in July 4 DUI death.

Correction: The post originally stated the BAC was 0.02.  The court documents actually state 0.02 or more.  

Peyton Horton pleaded guilty to two counts of Aggravated DUI in Rankin County Circuit Court on May 24.  Horton crashed his Jeep Wrangler on July 4, 2016, on Fannin Landing Circle.  One passenger was killed and two others were injured, as all passengers were ejected.  Horton will be sentenced on October 30.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Priester: "numbers are pretty rough"

Jackson Ward 2 City Councilman Melvin Priester, Jr. posted this update on city affairs on his Facebook page:

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The Last Jedi

We might have gotten lucky with Episode VIII in the Star Wars saga.  Disney released a new video yesterday:

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Power v. Love

If you can't make it to church this morning, enjoy this sermon from the late Dr. Frank Pollard.  Dr. Pollard preached from Philippians 2:1-10 on how attitude is more important than facts.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Ole Miss Movie of the Week

JJ presents the Ole Miss Movie of the Week.

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Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).

Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.

In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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