Honest Services (part 2) – a Supremely interesting commentary

“ The prosecutor has more power over life, liberty, and reputation than any other person in America.”

United States Attorney General and Supreme Court Jus tice Robert H. Jackson

Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz provided a supremely interesting commentary on his  “up close and personal” experience  with the honest services law and federal prosecutors, USA v Minor et al,  in a review of the Kings of Torts published in the  Northside Sun, a popular Jackson weekly .

We are left to wonder why the court records were not sufficient to support the author’s positions and opinions? Why do they resort to unsworn statements and unproven allegations?

Specifically, why did the authors feel compelled to state as fact that I lived in a condominium owned by Paul Minor free of charge when prosecutors offered no proof of this because they discovered that it was not true? Why did they describe an event involving Paul Minor at a hotel bar, when court testimony clearly showed the event did not occur? Continue reading “Honest Services (part 2) – a Supremely interesting commentary”

Meet the “law” man Cori and Kerri Rigsby had to use to blow the whistle on State Farm

This piece in Raw Story pretty much sums it up. Throw in a few known circles of association and the truth, whatever that is, rapidly becomes stranger than fiction.

Back in those days Ollie Diaz was the favorite whipping boy of the political right. Considered a modern day equivalent of Benedict Arnold by the Mississippi GOP he found out leaving “the family” can be a tad difficult.

Them tax laws are widely disregarded IMHO but they have a nasty bite for those who run afoul of them.  A CPA would know better, one would expect a USA would too.

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Bubba Pierce’s New Out of State Friends Remain Defiant

You would think after being exposed for frauds and liars, Bubba Pierce would have his out of state friends crawl back under the rocks from which they live. Claiming they have a first amendment right to slander Oliver Diaz, Pierce’s friends at the LEAA have redoubled their efforts and WLOX is a willing accomplice continuing to air these misleading commercials. As Jesse Livermore noted a century ago money clouds decision making and the lure of advertising dollars evidently overrode fairness in advertising at WLOX. Jerry Mitchell at the Clarion Ledger has this continuing story:

An out-of-state group stands by its advertisement lambasting state Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr. – despite a judicial committee condemnation of that ad.

The advertisement airing on television stations from Jackson to the Coast accused Diaz of being “the only one … voting for” two baby killers and another killer in three cases. Diaz, running for re-election against Chancery Judge Bubba Pierce, has called the accusations “lies.”

The Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention has concluded the ad violates the Code of Judicial Conduct. Continue reading “Bubba Pierce’s New Out of State Friends Remain Defiant”

The Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention Tells Bubba Pierce His Supporters Cross the Line

Our readers know current big business/insurance company supported Supreme Court Candidate Bubba Pierce has been making lots of new out of state friends lately. Former Supreme Court Justice Fred Banks, Chair of the Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention, has taken a dim view of what Bubba’s new friends are saying as we reported yesterday. Mr Banks went a step further an released a copy of the letter he sent to Bubba’s campaign letting him know he is responsible for the slander contained in the LEAA ads against Bubba’s opponent Current Justice Oliver Diaz.  Anita Lee has the story for the Sun Herald including reporting WLOX has belatedly pulled the ads:

Supreme Court candidate Randy “Bubba” Pierce said he had nothing to do with misleading and inaccurate advertisements run about his opponent, incumbent Justice Oliver Diaz, but a judicial elections committee wants Pierce to tell ad sponsors they should stop their attacks.

A group called the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, whose supporters are anonymous, has attacked Diaz on television with inaccurate and misleading claims about his Supreme Court rulings, implying Diaz supports killers and rapists. A direct-mail print ad that supports Pierce in the Southern District race says out-of-state trial lawyers are trying to buy the seat, although campaign-finance reports reflect few contributions for Diaz from outside Mississippi. Continue reading “The Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention Tells Bubba Pierce His Supporters Cross the Line”

Bubba Pierce's Out of State Henchmen Set New Campaign Lows

I first saw the anti Diaz commercial last week on WLOX.  It was paid for by LEAA, an offshoot of the National Rifle Association. Not only was the ad well below the belt but according to Anita Lee is also false and misleading. The fact insurance company supported candidate Bubba Pierce was content to sit and watch these ads without comment speaks volumes too.  Momma Pierce certainly taught her boy better but the lure of the supreme court has clouded his judgement and now his reputation is suffering. Here is Anita Lee’s story:

Proponents of campaign-finance reform say a loophole in Mississippi law encourages misleading, anonymously sponsored television advertisements that out-of-state groups back to attack candidates they oppose.

This past week, incumbent Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr. became the target of an inaccurate and misleading advertisement sponsored by the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, an organization headquartered near Washington, D.C.

LEAA, a group that has been backed by the National Rifle Association, is airing the advertisements on television stations from Jackson to the Coast. They accuse Diaz of supporting two child killers and a rapist who murdered a woman. Diaz actually voted to give one convict a post-conviction hearing in Circuit Court, stay the execution of a second inmate pending a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on lethal injection and grant a new trial to a third defendant because of errors in a previous trial that the entire court acknowledged.

Matt Steffey, a Mississippi College School of Law professor who specializes in criminal law, said the ads are intended to mislead and play on the electorate’s fear. Continue reading “Bubba Pierce's Out of State Henchmen Set New Campaign Lows”

Bubba Pierce’s Out of State Henchmen Set New Campaign Lows

I first saw the anti Diaz commercial last week on WLOX.  It was paid for by LEAA, an offshoot of the National Rifle Association. Not only was the ad well below the belt but according to Anita Lee is also false and misleading. The fact insurance company supported candidate Bubba Pierce was content to sit and watch these ads without comment speaks volumes too.  Momma Pierce certainly taught her boy better but the lure of the supreme court has clouded his judgement and now his reputation is suffering. Here is Anita Lee’s story:

Proponents of campaign-finance reform say a loophole in Mississippi law encourages misleading, anonymously sponsored television advertisements that out-of-state groups back to attack candidates they oppose.

This past week, incumbent Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr. became the target of an inaccurate and misleading advertisement sponsored by the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, an organization headquartered near Washington, D.C.

LEAA, a group that has been backed by the National Rifle Association, is airing the advertisements on television stations from Jackson to the Coast. They accuse Diaz of supporting two child killers and a rapist who murdered a woman. Diaz actually voted to give one convict a post-conviction hearing in Circuit Court, stay the execution of a second inmate pending a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on lethal injection and grant a new trial to a third defendant because of errors in a previous trial that the entire court acknowledged.

Matt Steffey, a Mississippi College School of Law professor who specializes in criminal law, said the ads are intended to mislead and play on the electorate’s fear. Continue reading “Bubba Pierce’s Out of State Henchmen Set New Campaign Lows”

Supremely Better But With an Eye on the Election: Chamber Maids on the Supreme Court Finally Decide Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Begins After you Die

Our readers may remember Chamber of Commerce lackey and current Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Jess Dickinson took to judicial activism and reversed hundred of year of case law involving the statute of limitations for wrongful death cases when he ruled in favor of a corporate defendant in 2006. Nowdy wrote about it here in a post about how those big business lackeys on the Court tried to silence dissenting Justice Diaz who wryly observed:

“The obvious result is that a wrongful death action may expire before the decedent does.

“This judicially created rule is without foundation, and frankly, absurd,”

Anita Lee has the story in today’s Sun Herald:

The Mississippi Supreme Court has clarified a controversial opinion on when the clock starts for a lawsuit in wrongful death cases. Continue reading “Supremely Better But With an Eye on the Election: Chamber Maids on the Supreme Court Finally Decide Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Begins After you Die”

Sun Herald runs with "Diaz's dissent raises ruckus"- Clarion Ledger calls split a "chasm"

Leave it to Anita Lee to pick up the Diaz story and run while Patsy got stuck with the run around from the Daily Journal’s lawyer. Lee’s story includes quotes from Diaz, former Justice Chuck McRae, Justice Dickinson and retired Jackson attorney Alex Alston.

…”I’m just very disappointed with the court,” said Alex Alston, a highly respected Jackson attorney who can speak out because he has retired. “It looks like if the court wanted to do anything, it would err on the side of disclosure.”

Diaz called the court’s decision not to publish his opinion “unprecedented.” But Supreme Court Justice Jess Dickinson, who is also from the Coast, told the Sun Herald on Friday that Diaz’s dissent came in a case the court voted to send back to the trial court. No opinion was issued with the majority vote, he said, and there was nothing in the order to dissent to. Continue reading “Sun Herald runs with "Diaz's dissent raises ruckus"- Clarion Ledger calls split a "chasm"”