Weill of justice to roll in due course

The latest chapter in the ongoing saga will continue for a while, it appears, as the MSSC today ordered that attorney Randy Harris’s appeal from the order of Judge Weill is just that, an appeal, and will be handled as such. “Finally, the panel finds that the Counter Petition for an Extraordinary Writ for Interpretation Pursuant to M.R.A.P 21(e) or Other Relief filed by Honorable Jeff Weill, Sr., should be denied.”

Weill’s turn: judge files response in case of the attorney ordered to work for free – UPDATED with Harris’s reply

We posted earlier this month that the Hon. Jeff Weill was ordered by the MSSC to file a response in the case of Randy Harris, whom Judge Weill sanctioned for objecting to his Weill-appointed representation after Hinds County declared it would not be paying for the good judge’s hand-picked defense counselors for defendants in his court. Those following the case will be interested to note that the judge has filed his response today. Continue reading

The Madison Circuit Clerk runoff is tomorrow

As a Mississippian, I accept that my fate is to be governed locally by Republicans of one stripe or another, so I don’t get too hung up on elections: they’re all bad. But circuit clerk seems like it should be nonpartisan.

This GOP primary runoff tomorrow, however, seems to be getting too much of the wrong sort of attention. Continue reading

Sometimes, it doesn’t pay to use a silly pseudonym

I’d warn that this is a very trivial post, but does TBA have any other kind?

A couple of weeks ago, John Holbo posted about Nietzsche as “Swiss philosopher,” and noted that he was in fact stateless after he renounced his Prussian citizenship. This got me poking around in my bookshelf and online, and I found a couple of sources claiming erroneously that N. did become a Swiss citizen. One of which was the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Continue reading

Miss. responds to motion for TRO in anonymous campaign-speech case

The State of Mississippi has jumped in with a response opposing the motion for TRO in the case we posted on earlier.

The response leans heavily on cases involving disclosures of the identities of financial donors, i.e., cases not on point. It also relies on the 11th Circuit’s interpretation of McIntyre in a Florida case, but there, the identification requirement pertained to radio ads, not printed ones: Continue reading

Miss. statute requiring ID of political-flyer’s distributor is challenged as unconstitutional

Jackson Jambalaya posts a complaint & TRO request filed in S.D. Miss. (& assigned to Judge Reeves, who struck down the state’s gay-marriage ban) challenging Miss. Code Ann. 23-15-899:

§ 23-15-899. Requirement that printed matter bear name of author, printer, and publisher; prohibition against mutilation or removal of placards, posters, or pictures

Every placard, bill, poster, pamphlet or other printed matter having reference to any election, or to any candidate, that has not been submitted to, and approved and subscribed by a candidate or his campaign manager or assistant manager pursuant to the provisions of Section 23-15-897, shall bear upon the face thereof the name and the address of the author and of the printer and publisher thereof, and failure to so provide shall be a misdemeanor . . . .

The contention is that the First Amendment protects anonymous political speech. (Indeed, the plaintiffs maintain anonymity in the complaint.) The Supreme Court implied as much in Talley v. California (1960), which addressed an ID requirement for handbills in general: Continue reading

2014 Miss. S. Ct. annual report is posted

The 2013 report is back up after its mysterious absence, and 2014 is now posted. Will update this post later.

… We had posted some of the data quoted by Judge Griffis (I thought I was feeling a touch of déjà vu there). Not much to add. We’ve updated the table, but we’re not doing the averages any more – if you really need to know, you do the math!