Process servers ruling overturned

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has thrown out contempt of court citations filed by a judge against three people who allegedly lied about delivering subpoenas in child support cases.

In July of 2010, Jackson County Chancellor Neil Harris found Guy Jernigan, Thomas Corey McDonald and Edwin Cheshire in contempt of court for filing false affidavits and ordered them to pay $88,500 in sanctions and serve jail time until the money was paid.

In Thursday’s decision, the Supreme Court said Harris failed to issue summonses for the contempt proceedings and violated the three men’s due process rights.

The justices said when the case gets back to Jackson County, Harris should recuse himself.

Questions about the process servers prompted an investigation by the Mississippi Department of Human Services.