JACKSON – A federal appeals court in New Orleans will hear an appeal from Mississippi death row inmate William Wiley on Oct. 5.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed this past week to hear oral arguments in the case.
Wiley claims he is mentally disabled. A federal judge in Mississippi agreed with him. The state contends it has been proven that Wiley is not mentally disabled.
Wiley has been on death row for 28 years. His appeal is among several from death row inmates pending before the 5th Circuit.
Wiley, now 56, was sentenced to death in DeSoto County for the 1981 killing of a convenience store owner.
He was first convicted in 1982 for the killing and robbery of J.B. Turner, whose store was in the Mineral Wells community. Turner died from a shotgun blast, and his daughter was left blinded in the attack on Aug. 22, 1981.
Federal court disbars imprisoned DeLaughter
n OXFORD – Former judge Bobby B. DeLaughter of Hinds County was disbarred Monday from practicing in federal court.
DeLaughter had his license to practice taken by the Mississippi Supreme Court months ago after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about inappropriate conversations in a case before him, Wilson v. Scruggs.
Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills signed DeLaugher’s disbarment order in Northern Mississippi on June 29. Monday’s order notes that DeLaughter had 30 days to respond but he did not.
The former circuit judge resigned his post July 30, 2009, the morning he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen.
He is serving his 18-month prison term at a federal facility in McCreary, Ky., with an April 2011 release date.
DeLaughter was once hailed for his successful prosecution of Byron de la Beckwith in the 1960’s murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers in Jackson.
Federal officials to oil spill commission: Drill ban stays
n The top federal offshore oil drilling regulator is telling the presidential oil spill commission that the temporary halt to deepwater drilling will remain in place for a few more months.
The Interior Department issued the moratorium after the deadly April 20 BP oil rig explosion. It was overturned in court and reissued on July 13.
Louisiana officials and residents have pleaded with the commission to do something about the ban. The presidential panel asked Interior officials whether they had any say in the matter and whether individual rigs could get exceptions.
Anxiety remains rampant in Katrina kids, study says
n CHICAGO – New research says depression, anxiety and other mental health problems are still rampant in Gulf region children affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Five years after the devastating hurricane, more than one in three children studied have since been diagnosed with emotional or behavioral problems. And even more families than that still live in unstable condition.
That’s according to a study published online Monday in the journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.
The researchers say that if children are bellwethers of recovery, then social systems in the Gulf region are still far from having recovered from Katrina.
The researchers are from Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness.
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