This week in Mississippi, United State District Court judge Carlton Reeves dismissed a lawsuit filed by attorney Carlos Moore against Governor Phil Bryant.
Moore alleged that the Mississippi flag violates his 13th and 14th amendment rights.
Reeves ruled that Moore didn’t show the emblem caused any legal injury, but in his opinion, Reeves did site Mississippi’s Declaration of Session to show that the state joined the Confederacy to protect slavery.
Reeves also said, “while the battle flag never flew as the official pennant for the Confederacy, it nevertheless is the most recognized symbol of the Confederacy.”
Governor Phil Bryant cut the budget for all but four state agencies to cover a .8 million accounting error.
Agencies that won’t see their budgets trimmed are Mississippi Adequate Education Program, Institutes of Higher Learning Financial Aid, the military department, and Veterans Affairs Board.
Already a month into the school year, many schools and districts in the state don’t know if they’ll get federal money for after school programs.
Last month, state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright said there would be about million to work with after after school grants after what Wright’s department called an accounting error was discovered.
Wright told Mississippi Today that the department is still looking at July and August reimbursement requests from schools and districts that will affect what the final amount left over for this school year will be.
She expects to have a plan laid out by the end of next week.
Weston, Connecticut native Susan F. Filan, Esq., is a former CT state prosecutor, MSNBC-TV Senior Legal Analyst and an experienced trial lawyer.
She currently runs a legal practice at Colonial Green in Westport, Connecticut, representing clients in criminal matters and family cases as well as mediating matters for clients. Filan comes at her profession from a paradoxically spiritual, yet pragmatic and iron fisted view point, putting into her daily practice what she takes from her own heart and experience. Versatile and more humane than her remarkable credentials would suggest, Filan has much to offer clients who face real challenge in their lives.
Filan began her career in 1991 at a New Haven legal aid clinic, representing indigent criminal defendants. In 1994, she joined a private firm and practiced criminal defense, divorce law, and family matters at both the trial and appellate level in both state and federal courts. In 1998, she was appointed Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney in the Gang and Continuing Crime Unit for the state of Connecticut and later became an Assistant State’s Attorney in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Dynamic change is something Attorney Filan knows about. In May 2005, she resigned her prominent position as a Connecticut state prosecutor to pursue a career in media after being hired by NBC News and MSNBC to provide exclusive legal analysis at the Michael Jackson trial in Santa Maria, Calif.
She soon became NBC News’ go-to legal analyst, often appearing on “The Today Show,” and other cable news programs. In 2006, she was promoted to MSNBC Senior Legal Analyst. She has shared her insights on dozens of high profile cases — from JonBenet Ramsey and Anna Nicole Smith, to O.J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant, to Bernie Madoff, David Letterman and Tiger Woods.
She has appeared on every major network, including NBC’s “Today Show,” CBS’s “The Early Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Dateline” and “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” MSNBC’s “The Dan Abrams Report,” CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Fox News LIVE, Court TV (now truTV), BBC TV and Radio, and National Public Radio. She has been quoted in printed media around the world.
Attorney Filan grew up in Weston, Connecticut, in a family of lawyers. Her father is retired state Appellate Court Judge Frederick A. Freedman, her uncle is retired U.S. District Court Judge Alan Nevas. Her great uncle, Leo Nevas, was something of a local legend in Westport, practicing law until he passed away in August 2009 at the age of 97. She is proud that her conference room was his original office over fifty years ago.
She has two daughters, adopted from China.
State Senator Eric D. Coleman began serving the Second Senatorial District in January, 1995. The district includes portions of Bloomfield, Hartford and Windsor. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served in the State House of Representatives from 1983 to 1994. While a member of the House of Representatives, Senator Coleman served two terms as Assistant Majority Leader. In 1991, he served a term as Majority Whip, and was Deputy Speaker of the House in 1993.
Senator Coleman currently serves as Senate Chair of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee. He is also the Vice Chair of the Human Services Committee, and a sitting member of the General Law and Program Review & Investigations Committees. He also acts as Deputy President Pro Tempore, often presiding over business on the floor of the Senate.
Senator Coleman made history in 2001 when he was first appointed to serve as Chair of the Judiciary Committee—the first African-American to hold that position. The George W. Crawford Law Association, an organization of African-American lawyers in Connecticut, and a number of civil rights organizations honored him for his contributions to the legal profession.
Senator Coleman has received numerous awards and honors since he was first elected to the Senate in 1994. In 2001 the African-American Affairs Commission named Coleman “Legislator of the Year.” The Legislative Education Action Program (L.E.A.P) honored him in 2000 for his work on the law requiring all cities and towns in Connecticut to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Senator Coleman has also been honored by the Connecticut Citizen Action Group for his commitment to social change, the Urban League of Greater Hartford Development Corporation, the Appreciation Award for support of the Annual Dr. Carter G. Woodson Scholarship of Tau Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Greater Hartford NAACP, the Uptown Troops Color Guard, the United Negro College Fund, the Unsung Hero Award of the Upper Albany Revitalization Zone Organization, the Greater Hartford Labor Council AFL-CIO, the Connecticut Alliance for Basic Human Needs, the Nigerian American Society, the Clarence Daniels Advocacy Award of the Connecticut AIDS Residence Coalition, and the Achievement Award of the Connecticut Chapter of Men and Women for Justice, Inc.
Senator Coleman serves on the Board of Directors of Greater Hartford Legal Aid and is a member of the American Bar Association as well as the Hartford County Bar Association. He is a member of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, and also served on the Bloomfield Democratic Town Committee from 1984 to 2002.
Senator Coleman graduated from the Pomfret School and Columbia College of Columbia University. He received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1977 and established his own law practice in Hartford in 1986.
Senator Coleman resides in Bloomfield with his wife, Pamela. They have three children: Trevonn, Lamar and Erica, and three grandchildren: Jalen, Isaiah and Elias.
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How Hillary Clinton at age 27 came to defend an accused rapist in rural Arkansas has suddenly become a contested piece of history in a case otherwise decided 40 years ago.
In 1975, Thomas Alfred Taylor was charged with raping a 12-year-old girl in his pickup truck off a highway in Arkansas’ Washington County. Details of that night and the subsequent court proceedings were painstakingly reconstructed in 2008 by Glenn Thrush, then a reporter for Newsday and now with Politico.
While the girl willingly went for a ride with Taylor, she said she did not consent to sex and was later admitted to a hospital with injuries consistent with rape.
At his court hearing, Taylor asked for a woman to represent him. According to Thrush’s report, the county had just a “half-dozen” female attorneys available. A judge appointed Clinton, new to the South and looking to establish the University of Arkansas’ fledgling legal aid clinic, to the task.
Clinton mounted a vigorous defense that included discrediting the child victim’s story by writing in an affidavit that the girl was “emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men” and had made “false accusations” in the past. The victim told Thrush in 2008 and the Daily Beast that Clinton made that up. But investigators in the case also found inconsistencies in the victim’s story, according to Thrush’s reporting.
Those details didn’t make it into Clinton’s memoir Living History or her recollections of the case in the newly released interview. She does note that the defendant passed a lie-detector test – “which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,” she said in the 1980s – and she said the prosecution botched one of the most important pieces of evidence, Taylor’s blood-stained underwear. She called it a “terrible case.”
Taylor, charged with first-degree rape, ultimately pleaded guilty to unlawful fondling of a minor. He died in 1992.
“A prosecutor called me years ago, and said that he had a guy who was accused of rape and the guy wanted a woman lawyer,” Clinton said. “Would I do it as a favor to him?”
Washington County prosecutor Mahlon Gibson “called to tell me an indigent prisoner accused of raping a twelve-year-old girl wanted a woman lawyer. Gibson had recommended that the criminal court judge, Maupin Cummings, appoint me. I told Mahlon I really don’t feel comfortable taking on such a client, but Mahlon gently reminded me that I couldn’t very well refuse the judge’s request.” Video Rating: / 5
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Helping Michigan entrepreneurs put their bright ideas to work.
MiSpringboard is Varnum’s statewide initiative designed to remove some of the barriers associated with starting a business by providing free legal services to Michigan startups.
We launched the MiSpringboard program in 2011 as a way of helping Michigan’s then-struggling economy. A giveaway of million in free legal services, MiSpringboard was our way of helping the economy by doing what we do best – provide high quality legal counsel to businesses and individuals.
We recently renewed our commitment to Michigan startups by dedicating a second million in free legal services through the MiSpringboard program. We look forward to working with the innovative entrepreneurs and referral partner organizations who are creating a vibrant startup community in Michigan.