May 21, 1993 |
Former U.S. District Judge Walter L. Nixon Jr., who was impeached and disbarred for perjury, can return to work as a lawyer in Mississippi, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Nixon, 64, was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives and removed from office by the Senate in 1989. In 1986, he was convicted of lying to a grand jury when he denied discussing a marijuana case with a district attorney. The state Supreme Court disbarred Nixon in 1989.
July 11, 2012 |
A federal judge on Wednesday left in place an injunction blocking a new law in Mississippi that could effectively shut down the state's only abortion clinic, located in Jackson, Miss. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan III extended the injunction but did not say how long it would remain in effect. The law, passed by the Republican-led legislature in April and made effective July 1, requires anyone performing an abortion to be a certified obstetrician/gynecologist with admitting privileges at a local hospital.
August 4, 1996 |
It was an ingenious, if untested, legal theory--hatched by four old law school friends searching for the "master stroke" that might finally beat the tobacco companies in court. For decades, the companies have been sued by smokers who alleged that cigarettes damaged their health, but the firms never had to pay a dime in damages. Their invincible defense: Smokers had exercised "personal choice" and assumed the risk of health dangers.