Another Judge in the news, this time in Mississippi

“The most uninspired political candidate I ever met.”  Sop after speaking with Teresa Dearman at the country condo in 2007.

“I don’t know why I do this.”  Teresa Dearman to Sop on while the campaign trail.

Well folks I think we now know.  Robin Fitzgerald at the Sun Herald has the skinny:

The commission found she has presided over an initial appearance involving her nephew; mishandled felony matters; discussed cases with parties outside the courtroom; and ordered defendants to attend church as a condition of bond.

Her lawyer, Sean Tindell sounds ethically clueless: Continue reading “Another Judge in the news, this time in Mississippi”

Do, Did, Dunn! Diaz case against former USA Dunn Lampton goes forward

A big hat tip to the reader who sent both the Order and this summary – and congratulations to Oliver and Jennifer Diaz and their attorneys Chuck McRae and David McCarty:

Judge Jordan ruled late this afternoon regarding the case Oliver and Jennifer Diaz had filed against former U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton, Commission on Judicial Performance Senior Counsel Darlene Ballard, and former Commission member Leslie Lampton.  The suit was about the confidential violation of their financial information after the federal cases against them were over.

It is a lengthy and complex opinion in which Judge Jordan examines the issues in the case.  Long and short:  The Diazes can maintain their lawsuit against Dunn Lampton for disclosing their personal confidential data and the Diazes may continue their suit against Leslie Lampton to the extent he violated state privacy laws. Darlene Ballard is removed from the suit.

I linked the Order on Scribd – it follows this bit of background taken from the Order.

These litigants have a long history that pre-dates the subject dispute. Between 2003 and 2006, Defendants/Counterclaimants/Third-Party Plaintiffs Oliver E. Diaz  Jr., then a Mississippi supreme court justice, and his wife Jennifer Diaz were prosecuted on various fraud, bribery, and tax evasion charges. Oliver Diaz was ultimately acquitted, and Jennifer Diaz pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

After the criminal prosecution ended, Third-Party Defendant and then-U.S. Attorney Dunnica Lampton filed a complaint with the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance (“the Commission”) that initiated an investigation of Oliver Diaz. Continue reading “Do, Did, Dunn! Diaz case against former USA Dunn Lampton goes forward”