Tuesday, April 9, 2024


 Can you spot the mistake in this Clarion-Ledger story about the airport takeover that was published last week? 

On Tuesday, a lawsuit brought on by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority nearly eight years ago to try and halt a state takeover of Jackson's airport has been ruled as "moot" by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

But Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba released a statement after the ruling saying the city will continue to litigate the case.

Basically, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the lawsuit is "moot" because the original five members of the JMAA Board of Commissioners who were named in the lawsuit are no longer members of the board.

"However, none of the original five commissioners that originally intervened in this lawsuit are still in office," the lawsuit states. "The same goes for two additional commissioners that were added in plaintiffs’ Amended Complaint. As of today, none of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority’s current commissioners are parties to or intervenors in this lawsuit. Neither party disputes this."

"The claims of the former commissioners who intervened in this lawsuit are moot. They no longer have any personal interest in this dispute because they no longer stand to lose their seats should S.B. 2162 be enforced," the lawsuit states.

JMAA tried to argue a “capable of repetition, yet evading review," saying that those past board members could be potentially reappointed at some time.

But that argument was denied:...

"The commissioners have not shown that they might reasonably expect to be reappointed to their former offices, and without such a showing, this exception does not apply," the lawsuit states....

The lawsuit will now move back down to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi for a decision....  Article

Haven't figured it out?  Here's a clue. 

So does reporter Charlie Drape know the difference between a lawsuit and an order? Inquiring minds want to know.


Anonymous said...

C'mon man, it get's a little harder when they can't just reprint a press release.

That said, wonder what terminology was used in the COJ statement?

Anonymous said...

Can you hit me over the head with it more please? I kid.

Anonymous said...

People still read the Clarion Ledger?
I wasn't sure they were still in business.

Anonymous said...

He may not as newspapers can no longer afford to have reporters with experience in the area they cover.

I doubt any of your readers without law degrees caught it either. A lay person's lack of familiarity with all but tv level legal jargon combined with poor comprehension skills generality if past comments are a measure, would make it easy to miss.
The few "editors" left have to rely on the computer programs to catch mistakes.

Anonymous said...

Clarion-Ledger doesn't know the difference between a lawsuit and opinion issued by the court.

Anonymous said...

Why continue deliberating a moot case?

Anonymous said...

Clarion who?

Anonymous said...

Face it, local news is a thing of the past.

Anonymous said...

Certainly a win for Sen Harkins while he was under Governor Bryant's awesome leadership.

Anonymous said...

How many more times does does it take to officially pronounce the Clarion Ledger D.O.A.

Anonymous said...

The Order issued by the Fifth Circuit seems to think that there was a LAWSUIT filed by the Commissioners -- First sentence says --

"In 2016, the five commissioners then in office intervened in a LAWSUIT seeking to enjoin the enforcement of a Mississippi law".

Two more times in the opening section, the Fifth makes the statement that there was a LAWSUIT. Seems to me the CL use of the term in "On Tuesday, a LAWSUIT brought on by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority nearly eight years ago" is referring to the same LAWSUIT that the Fifth referenced.

What's your beef with the terminology?

Kingfish said...

Why don't you read your own words?

YOU referred to the order as an order. Quite proper. The cub reporter who looks like he can't shave, kept referring to the order as the lawsuit. In other words, he nor his editor (if one exists) knows the difference between an opinion/order and a lawsuit .

Anonymous said...

I gave up on the Clarion Ledger some time ago. I rely on Mississippi Today. Now THAT'S real journalism.

Anonymous said...

Mississippi Today has taken the place of the CL. Same writers and same far left reporting.

Anonymous said...

12:55- Just to clarify, I was being sarcastic about Mississippi Today which is being run by a bunch of Clarion Ledger rejects. - 11:34

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