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BowTieLawyer.ms has been nominated by The Expert Institute’s 2018 Best Legal Blog Contest!

“[T]housands of nominations [were received] for what has shaped up to be The Expert Institute’s largest and most diverse Best Legal Blog Contest yet! Over 100 new blogs entered the competition this year with topics spanning from legal technology and news to law school and niche blogs.”

“Now, we’ve narrowed the field of contestants to the most exciting, entertaining, and informative legal blogs online today. Every one of these blogs has earned its spot as a leader in its category, but now it’s time for our readers to select the best of the best.”

“Readers can submit one vote per blog, but can vote for as many blogs as they like across every category. In order to cast your vote, you must log into the social media platform of your choosing to verify your voter identity. This authentication is intended to prevent duplicate votes. We do not collect or share your information with third parties under any circumstances.” The Expert Institute.

The polls will be open from November 5th to December 17th. We encourage all of our nominees to spread the word about the contest to their readers!

Matthew Thompson is a blogger on BowTieLawyer.ms and appreciates your vote!

Another Black Eye for Mississippi; It’s NOT Heritage, It’s Hate…

Mississippians voted in the midterms in record numbers, something we should all be proud of. However, spoiler alert, a Mississippian embarrassed the entire state.

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A voter in Olive Branch, Mississippi, Clayton John Hickey, wore this shirt to vote on Tuesday. He has since lost his job and is a pariah on social media. 

Surprisingly, or perhaps ashamedly not, persons are defending him for wearing this. There really is no defense. Does he have Constitutional protections to wear this shirt? Yes. Are their consequences for our actions? Yes.

The “confederate” flag has become a symbol of hate and division. Perhaps it had proud beginnings, but that has been overpowered by hate groups. The above shirt, in addition to the flag, has a noose and “Mississippi Justice” emblazoned on it. Inexcusable.

Our state leaders would do well to take a stand not only against Hickey, but against this symbol.

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Literally a campaign sign for Chris McDaniel. 

There is absolutely no connection between Hickey and McDaniel…other than the “rebel” canton. However, you are mistaken if you believe explaining your policy differences will somehow distinguish your position on the State flag and the voters referendum in 2001, arguing it gives you the moral high-ground to continue to support an indisputable symbol of hate and intolerance.

“In 2001, there was a vote.  This vote was not “Do you Love the Current Flag above all Others?”  But instead it was do you Like “Flag A” better than “Flag B” ?  Flag A won, 64.39% to 35.61%.” …and Flag B was ugly. -Matthew Thompson

 

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Actual McDaniel sign on public display. You know your campaign and materials have issues when your own supporters cover up part of your sign

The Stennis Flag

download.jpgThere is a push afoot to adopt this Flag, the Stennis flag, as the State’s new symbol. It began grass-roots, but has taken hold and can be seen throughout the state. The flag was designed by Senator John C. Stennis’s granddaughter, Laurin Stennis, a Mississippi artist.
The significance of the flag is explained;
  • Nineteen stars form a circle around a larger center star, which represents Mississippi as the 20th state to join the Union in 1817.
  • The centering of the blue star on the field of white is an inverted “Bonnie Blue,” a reference to the state’s secession (1861 – 1865).
  • The circular shape symbolizes wholeness and continuity and is also drawn from artifacts of indigenous peoples to our region, particularly, the Choctaw Nation.
  • The red bars stand in opposition, recognizing the passionate differences we sometimes harbor, as well as in honor of those who have given their lives in pursuit of liberty and justice for all.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law attorney and is tired of the hate, rhetoric and, in the immortal (paraphrased) words of Fannie Lou Hamer, is sick and tired of being sick and tired for our State.

 

Judicial Election Winners & Run-off(s)

HINDS COUNTY 

Chancery Judges Unopposed

Dewayne Thomas

Denise Owens 

Winner

Crystal Wise Martin defeating Reginald Harrion

Runoff

Tiffany Grove  vs.  Monique Brown-Barrett

 

RANKIN COUNTY

Chancery Judges Unopposed

John C. McLaurin, Jr.

Haydn J. Roberts

Runoff

Mel Coxwell vs. Troy Odom

 

CHANCERY CT. DIST 14 Place 1 (Starkville, Columbus, et. al.)

Runoff

Lee Ann Turner vs. Rodney Faver 

Runoff

CARRIE JOURDAN vs. JOE STUDDARD

CHANCERY CT. DIST 14 PLACE 3 –

Winner

PAULA DRUNGOLE-ELLIS  

 

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, et. al.

Winners

Charles E. “Charlie” Smith Chancery 21-2

Judge Larry Primeaux. Unopposed.

 

LEFLORE COUNTY  (includes additional Delta counties)

Runoff

Katherine Tackett Mills vs. Willie J. Perkins, Sr. 

SIMPSON COUNTY

Winner

David Shoemake

 

THE COAST Chancery Court Judge 8, 3 

Runoff

Margaret Alfonso vs. Sanford R. (Sandy) Steckler 

This race is exciting because of the candidates. Judge Steckler is the incumbent.Judge Alfonso is a former Chancellor who left Chancery for Youth Court (County Court) and is now running.This makes a very recent former Chancellor against a current Chancellor and they actually served together.

Chancery Court District 16 Place 2, SW Coastal Counties

Runoff

 Tanya Hasbrouck vs. Ashlee Trehern.

Harrison County Court/Youth Court

Runoff

Mike Dickinson vs.  Anna Ward Sukmann

 

District 6: Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Kemper, Neshoba, Winston 

Winner

Kiley Kirk

…more to come.

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Divorce, Child Custody & Child Support, Alimony, Contempt, Modification, Youth Court, TPR/ Adoption and Appeals.

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