Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Gayle gets her court date against MHP

U.S. District Judge Carleton Reeve assigned a court date to McMullin v. Mississippi Department of Public Safety, et al.  An update in Pacer states:

Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Carlton W. Reeves: Pretrial Conference held on 7/13/2015. Appearances: Dennis L. Horn, Shirley Payne and Peter W. Cleveland. Jury Instructions, Witness and Exhibit Lists due by 9/17/2015. Final Pretrial Order due by 9/17/2015. Jury Trial set for 9/21/2015 at 9:00 AM in Courtroom 5B (Jackson) before District Judge Carlton W. Reeves. ELT is 4 days. (JS)

 Earlier posts: 
Is the leadership of the Mississippi Highway Patrol racist?
Defense gets laughed out of court. Literally.


Watching Idiocy Unfold said...

What a waste of time. Of course she will prevail and the defendant has known along he will settle as they walk up the courthouse steps. He needs the comp time though.

Kingfish said...

Why should she settle? After the crap the judge pulled and how she was treated by MHP, she has everything to gain by going to trial and putting her evidence on display.

Watching Idiocy Unfold said...

Except that the defense is going to agree to a settlement that will be tough to refuse. Refusing a really nice settlement while running the risk of losing the whole mumbley-peg game will be quite a consideration. I suggest that her side has already hinted at an amount less than that for which she is suing and on the way up the steps, the guilty party will put that figure back in her court. A high dollar settlement plus her agreement to resign will satisfy all parties. She doesn't want to work there anymore anyway. Let them pay her well to leave. That's probably the only sticking point anyway.

Anonymous said...

Same judge in the NW Rankin school prayer case?

Anonymous said...

Female Trooper ... Your reading what happens.

But if your a married male trooper and one of the commissioners boys and your families go way back, you can get caught in the stairwell at HQ's with a civilian employee and the male trooper gets a raise and I hear the female employee got 10 days off. Ive heard the couch stays busy in his office when he's not in the stairwell.

Say It Ain't So said...

I didn't realize troopers had offices and couches. I thought they rode around in Yukons.

Anonymous said...

KF: two words - litigation risk.

of course, I realize you don't have any real experience in the area.

Anonymous said...

@ 8:19 you said "let them pay her well to leave" - by "they" you were referring to the taxpayers who are going to foot the bill for this fiasco, right? The costs of mismanaged government are real and are ultimately borne by the taxpayer. While I agree with McMullin's argument(s), this case was 100% avoidable if only the MHP had acted in accordance with their own rules in the beginning.

I agree with McMullin's argument(s), and the MHP is going to have to deal not only with the opportunity costs this case represents, but the longer-term damage to their already sullied reputation.

The next time MHP bitches about how their budget is insufficient to accomplish their mission, they should be reminded of how they irresponsibly blew the taxpayer's money to defend promoting and protecting a few people who should have been fired and prosecuted.

Anonymous said...

I think it would be best for her to settle as they will try to do everything they can to ruin it if she stayed but I sure would love to see her stay and be placed in the job. It would piss them off to no end.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Warren Strain needs to start ginning up some good publicity, like he did when this story broke... Dig Warren, dig hard; there's got to be a good story out there somewhere...

Anonymous said...

9:50 - yeah, like the homeland security guy going to Orlando to speak at some boondoggle conference - but you might should make sure he went with his wife instead of his girlfriend...

I bet he has a couch in his office.

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