By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – State Rep. Brian Aldridge of Tupelo takes his appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court in the wake of a hefty judgment in his aunt’s power-of-attorney lawsuit.
His attorney, T.K. Moffett of Tupelo, asks the state’s highest court to consider overturning $218,355 sanctions against Aldridge and $140,100 against his Tupelo charity, Touched By An Angel Ministries Inc.
July 8, Chancellor Michael Malski refused to reconsider his May 23, 2012, order against the two defendants in Florence Aldridge’s lawsuit.
Malski also ordered Brian Aldridge’s parents, Louis and Janice Aldridge, to repay her $522,000 the judge termed as “plundered” from her estate while she was ill and Louis held her power of attorney.
The state supreme court docket shows receipt of the case record and Malski’s court order.
Florence Aldridge’s attorneys, Frank and Rhett Russell of Tupelo, also entered their official appearance on her behalf on Monday.
Moffett insisted to Malski that Brian Aldridge should not be held personally responsible for acts committed by his father and that the charity should not be in jeopardy for funds it received illegally from Louis Aldridge.
Brian Aldridge is chief executive officer of TBAAM Inc., which operates a camp ministry for disabled youths and adults. His father was removed as the charity’s chief financial officer.
Before Malski, Moffett insisted the court erred in finding the charity liable because it has “no duty to investigate the source of contributions” and that no proof exists of Brian Aldridge’s personal involvement in his aunt’s losses.