Tuesday, March 29, 2016

State Auditor claims vindication

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:

The Mississippi Court of Appeals exonerates State Auditor Stacey Pickering and the Office of State Auditor

Jackson, Miss – The Mississippi Court of Appeals overturned a Harrison County Chancery Court’s contempt ruling against the State Auditor and the Office of State Auditor.  The initial charge of contempt was related to the subpoenaed records in the Department of Marine Resources investigation.

The Sun Herald newspaper’s parent company Gulf Publishing initially filed an open records request that was denied due to the requested files being part of an ongoing investigation and subject to a Circuit Court subpoena.  The Harrison County Chancery Judge issued a bench order and protective order to seize the disputed documents at the same time a federal grand jury subpoenaed the documents. 

The Office of State Auditor complied with the federal subpoena at the direction of the Attorney General.  It was then the Chancery Judge issued her contempt charge and ordered a contempt hearing refusing to recuse herself.

Also overturned in the Appellant Courts’ ruling were fines and court cost ordered by the lower court to be paid by various individuals including the State Auditor and the Attorney General as well as members of their staffs.

“I am extremely glad the Mississippi Court of Appeals has ruled and vindicated the actions of this office and the conduct of our professional staff,” said State Auditor Pickering.  “I appreciate the press’s efforts to maintain open and transparent records on behalf of the citizens of Mississippi, but today’s ruling demonstrates that my office took great measures to protect the integrity of the investigative process of our State and Federal Court system.”


Anonymous said...

Thanks Mr Pickering.

Keep up the good work.

Well done Skip.

Anonymous said...

His speech at the Ocean Springs Rotary during the DMR fiasco reportedly included this:

“It has been very complex and very complicated and my only commentary on the DMR investigation is there are a lot of friends of yours and mine. Let’s be very clear. This is close to home for all of us.”The auditor said his take on the situation is the investigation will likely reveal a “culture of corruption.

Anonymous said...

Power up the RV honey!! We are heading to Disneyworld!! We are free at last!!

Anonymous said...

What about the recent indictments of his staff?

Anonymous said...

@ 4:16....What about the price of gas in Tucson?

Anonymous said...

As for as price of gas,sir. Pickering will just take it out of his campaign account. Who cares!!

Anonymous said...

8:50- who does care?

His campaign funds aren't public money. People willingly gave him their money to use. He followed the current MS laws regarding campaign funds.

If you don't like what he did, then start calling your legislator to get the laws changed.

Anonymous said...

Indictments by RSS don't give credence to anything. Shuler-Smith is in his own world and trying to distract from his own problems. Don't think much of Huggins, but I'll bet my dollars on these 'indictments' being dismissed pretty damn quick.

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