New judge sought in Burress v. Langston lawsuit

By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/Daily Journal

BOONEVILLE – A Prentiss County lawsuit over multi-million-dollar attorneys fees needs a new judge.
Last Friday, all four 1st Circuit District judges wrote to the Mississippi Supreme Court for an “out of district” judge to preside over attorney R.H. “Bo” Burress III’s lawsuit against former attorney Joey Langston and his law firm.
The judges based their withdrawal – called recusal – on their assertion that “a party in this matter” regularly practices law before them.
Their decision isn’t unusual, although it’s less usual that all the district’s judges withdraw.
It wasn’t immediately known when the state’s highest court will chose another judge.
Filed Dec. 29, 2011, the lawsuit claims Langston and his Booneville-based firm failed to pay Burress what he expected for his part in their winning a $20.8-million federal court jury award in 2005.
At the time, court personnel said the verdict was the largest in the state’s federal court history.
The case of Michael Foradori Jr. stemmed from his Dec. 22, 2000, injury in a Tupelo fast-food restaurant parking lot. The 15-year-old was left a full quadriplegic, paralyzed from the shoulders down.
Foradori died in 2011.
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