Favre asks to be dismissed from Mississippi welfare lawsuit
Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre is asking to be removed from a civil lawsuit by the state of Mississippi that seeks to recover millions of dollars in misspent welfare money that was intended to help some of the poorest people in the U.S. An attorney for Favre filed papers Monday saying the Mississippi Department of Human Services “groundlessly and irresponsibly seeks to blame Favre for its own grossly improper and unlawful handling of welfare funds and its own failure to properly monitor...
The Brett Favre Welfare Case Is About to Take a Nastier Turn
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyFormer NFL quarterback Brett Favre is the biggest star in the Mississippi welfare scheme in which he and other state officials, including the state’s former Department of Human Services Director John Davis and former Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, are under investigation for funneling $77 million worth of welfare funds to their own personal projects—none of which had anything to do with where the funds needed to go. But now a former WWE wrnews.yahoo.com
Texts: Favre also sought welfare money for football facility
New court documents show retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre texted the Mississippi governor in 2019 to ask about getting money from the state's welfare agency to build an indoor practice facility for the University of Southern Mississippi’s football team.
Ex-director set to plead guilty in Mississippi welfare fraud
A former director of Mississippi's welfare agency is set to plead guilty Thursday to new federal charges in a conspiracy to misspend tens of millions of dollars that were intended to help needy families in one of the poorest states in the U.S. — part of the largest public corruption case in the state's history. John Davis was scheduled to appear in federal court to plead guilty to five counts of conspiracy and 13 counts of fraud against the government. Davis was indicted on state charges in February 2020.news.yahoo.com
Defendant: Ex-governor ordered payments to NFL's Brett Favre
A defendant in a Mississippi welfare fraud case said in a court document she directed $1.1 million in welfare money to former NFL star Brett Favre at the direction of former Gov. Phil Bryant. Mississippi news outlets report that the accusation, which Bryant denies, is in a filing on behalf of defendant Nancy New, who, with her son, once ran a nonprofit group and an education company in Mississippi.news.yahoo.com
Rapper Genesis Be's long battle versus the Confederate flag
Genesis Be helped ignite a nationwide conversation around the Confederate emblem as part of Mississippi's state flag until the flag was retired in June. (AP Photo/Federica Narancio)NEW YORK The path that brought rapper and activist Genesis Be to a New York City stage, her body draped in a Confederate flag and a noose hung around her neck, was a long one. ___After her stage performance went viral, she gathered a group of high school friends and other Mississippians in 2017 to discuss the state flag. Shes not trying to disrespect anybodys ancestors, her childhood friend, Louis McFall, says in 'Should the Confederate Flag Still Fly in Mississippi?' "That symbol has been in our state flag for 120 years.
Lobbying grows against Mississippi's rebel-themed flag
Isiac Jackson calls for a change in the Mississippi state flag, Thursday, June 25, 2020, during a news conference at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The current flag has in the canton portion of the banner the design of the Civil War-era Confederate battle flag, that has been the center of a long-simmering debate about its removal or replacement. Well, the Klan used the Stars and Stripes more than it used the battle flag. The announcement came a day after the Southeastern Conference made a similar declaration aimed at the Mississippi state flag. Speaking to Mississippi legislators facing a decision about the flag, Buckley said: Youve been given the right crisis needed to do this.
Jay-Z sues Mississippi prison officials over unfair conditions: NBC News
REUTERS/Mike Segar(Reuters) - Rapper Jay-Z on Tuesday sued two Mississippi prison officials on behalf of 29 inmates who say authorities did nothing to stop violence that has killed five prisoners in the last two weeks, NBC News reported. The letter added that the deaths were as a result of years of severe understaffing and neglect at Mississippis prisons, NBC said. As Mississippi has incarcerated increasing numbers of people, it has dramatically reduced its funding of prisons. As a result, prison conditions fail to meet even the most basic human rights, NBC reported, citing the contents of the letter. The Mississippi Department of Corrections and Spiros law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.feeds.reuters.com
Mississippi defends 15-week abortion ban in appeals court
A federal court that rejected Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban should have let the state present evidence about whether a fetus experiences pain, an attorney for the state argued Monday. Circuit Court of Appeals on a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves blocked the law from taking effect, writing that it "unequivocally" violates women's constitutional rights because it bans abortion weeks before viability. The 5th Circuit handles cases from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, and it's generally considered one of the most conservative appeals courts in the U.S.Louisiana passed a 15-week abortion ban in 2018, but it takes effect only if the appeals court upholds the Mississippi law. Attorneys are filing separate arguments about it to the 5th Circuit.chicagotribune.com
US appeals court to hear Mississippi 15-week abortion ban
Federal appeals court judges are set to hear arguments Monday over a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The 5th Circuit handles cases from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, and it's generally considered one of the most conservative appeals courts in the U.S.Louisiana passed a 15-week abortion ban in 2018, but it becomes law only if a federal court upholds the Mississippi law. Attorneys for the Mississippi clinic say in court papers that the panel of three appeals judges should focus on whether Reeves properly followed the Supreme Court precedent on viability. The Mississippi law would allow exceptions to the 15-week ban in cases of medical emergency or severe fetal abnormality. Several states have passed laws seeking to ban abortion weeks before viability, and an Alabama law that's scheduled to take effect in November would ban abortion with few exceptions.chicagotribune.com
Companies demand repeal of MS "religious freedom" law
Mississippi faces a major corporate backlash over its so-called “religious freedom law." Executives from GE, Pepsi, Levi Strauss and other companies sent a letter Wednesday to Gov. Phil Bryant, condemning the new law as discriminatory. Mississippi joins North Carolina in allowing businesses to deny service to LGBT people. Georgia’s governor last week vetoed a similar bill. Mark Strassmann reports.cbsnews.com