A New York federal appeals court slammed Jim Hood . Court documents also show the sister-in-law of the deceased Precious Martin dipping her beak, as she produced what can be termed bogus work for $112,500. Alan Lange covered this case over at Y'all Politics:
The case involved PERS litigation prosecuted by NY law firm and Hood campaign contributor Bernstein Litowitz (BLB&G). First, it’s important to note Bernstein Litowitz’s partners have donated over $100,000 in campaign contributions to Jim Hood since 2005. The firm was engaged on litigation on behalf of PERS in this particular instance in a case involving Satyam.
The dispute stems from one of BLB&G’s lawyers, Bruce Bernstein, suing his law partners over being forced out of his law firm after blowing the whistle on what he believed to be unethical conduct of their firm engaging Vaterria Martin (sister-in-law of the late Precious Martin and wife of then Assistant Attorney General Deshun Martin [Shocker]). Read the rest of the entertaining post as well as the opinion...
The cherry on top was Assistant Attorney General George Neville, after hearing about the dispute, penning a letter to Bernstein’s lawyer. It ordered them, according to the opinion, to “keep the existence of the alleged kickback scheme private by writing: 'As counsel for the State of Mississippi . . . and on behalf of the State of Mississippi and its agency MPERS, I am directing [Bernstein] not to disclose any confidential information he learned as counsel to Mississippi and its agency MPERS.'" But for the 2nd Circuit Court's decision, the AG's office doesn't appear as if it would have ever provided the existence of the lawsuit or these details publicly.Read the opinion. It spells out the scheme in a bout of illumination rarely appearing in Mississippi politics.