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Former Mississippi state rep killed outside same home where her sister-in-law was found dead

A former Mississippi state lawmaker was fatally shot over the weekend outside the same burned-out home where her sister-in-law was found dead following an arson fire after Christmas.

What are the details?

Ashley Henley, a Republican who represented Southaven from 2016 to 2019, was found with a gunshot wound to the back of her head in Saturday. Her body was discovered by investigators after her husband called a neighbor out of concern when she seemed to be gone for too long while cleaning up the property where his sister died.

Henley and her husband, Brandon Henley, have pressed local law enforcement on the investigation surrounding the death of Brandon’s sister, Kristina Michelle Jones, whose body was found Dec. 26 inside a trailer owned by Brandon and Kristina’s father.

Following Jones’ death, Brandon and Ashley put up a billboard-type shrine of sorts outside the property, insisting that Jones had been murdered and calling for justice.

“I feel that if something would have been done sooner this would have never happened,” Brandon told WJTV-TV following his wife’s death.

Brandon told the outlet that he believes both his wife and his sister were killed by the same person, and that the family “had just days earlier begun re-examining his sister’s death.”

“The fire investigators did confirm it was arson and the crime lab did confirm that there was no smoke in her lungs when she was found, so she was dead before the fire,” Brandon said of his sister’s death.

He said of the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Office, “I’d like for them to do their job because this is the second person someone down there has taken from me.” He added, “My son doesn’t have a mother.”

The Washington Post reported that the Henleys had launched their own investigation into Jones’ death, and that Ashley’s friend and former colleague state Rep. Dan Eubanks (R) said Ashley “had grown increasingly frustrated in recent weeks and feared that Jones’ case would go cold.”

Eubanks told WLBT-TV:

“I really believe that what happened was, she continued to pursue certain leads and she ruffled some feathers and somebody wanted to put an end to that search. It’s obvious that it was an execution-style murder. Somebody wanted her dead. They didn’t rob her, they didn’t take any of her stuff. … They killed her and just moved on.”

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Father used 3-month-old son as human shield during shootout with police, source says. Now the boy and his father are dead.

A father used his 3-month-old son as a human shield in a shootout with police in Mississippi earlier this week, WALA-TV reported, citing a law enforcement source.

The dad died in the shootout, and the boy passed away later.

How did this tragedy unfold?

The station said it all started out as a domestic dispute in Louisiana, and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting Monday afternoon, Biloxi police told the station.

Law enforcement then found two dead: Christin Parker and her nephew, Brandon Parker, WALA reported.

Soon police launched a search for Christin Parker’s ex-boyfriend, Eric Derell Smith — and their 3-month-old son, identified by Louisiana news organizations as La’Mello Parker, the station said. Smith was accused of abducting the boy, WALA reported.

Biloxi police joined in to help after learning that the suspect had been spotted on Interstate 10 heading east and nearing Gulfport, WALA said, adding that a slow-speed chase began.

Between the Gulfport and D’Iberville exits, the suspect drove into the grass median, after which a shootout commenced — and Smith died, the station said.

Smith’s infant son was taken to the University and South Alabama University Hospital and later transferred to Children’s and Women’s Hospital, where
he died, WALA said.

‘Real rough thing’

Back in Christin Parker’s neighborhood in East Baton Rouge, the station said the incident has left residents shocked.

“It’s quiet,” Kenneshia Cain told WALA. “This has never happened before … We’ve been here over 11 years and have never had a murder … happen on this street.”

Jamal Johnson told the station that Richmond Street was quiet when he got home from work Monday — and then it was suddenly filled with police vehicles. Johnson told WALA his heart goes out to the baby’s four siblings.

“I know it’s a rough thing,” he addd to the station. “So it’s mainly about the kids, how they feel about it. That’s the way everybody ought to look at it. Because it’s a real rough thing.”

Cain told WALA her kids and Parker’s often played together: “My heart goes out to her family, her children. We are praying for them.”

Anything else?

WALA reported that an autopsy had been scheduled Wednesday to determine cause of death, and that Biloxi police said a Harrison County sheriff’s deputy and police officer involved in the shooting are on administrative leave pending the investigation.

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Absentee ballot fraud, voter intimidation alleged as judge orders new Democratic election in Mississippi town

A Mississippi judge last week ordered a new election after allegations of absentee ballot fraud and voter intimidation surfaced in connection with a Democratic runoff last June for an alderman seat in Aberdeen, the Monroe Journal reported.

What are the details?

The final vote tally was 177 for Nicholas Holliday and 140 for Robert Devaull, the Journal reported.

Devaull challenged the election in court, and Judge Jeff Weill said 66 of 84 absentee ballots cast in the runoff were invalid and should never have been counted, WCBI-TV reported.

Weill also issued a bench warrant for notary Dallas Jones, who admitted during a hearing to violating notary duties, WCBI said.

Lydia Quarles, attorney for Devaull, told the station that “when you have an absentee ballot, there’s an envelope, and you vote, and then you fold the ballot up, and you put it in this envelope, then you lick the flap, and then you sign across the flap, and then the notary signs your election certificate, and she essentially testified that she didn’t sign in front of anybody, she didn’t see anybody sign … she just notarized them, she just stamped them.”

What’s more, Jones testified that she was called to the home of then-Alderwoman Lady Garth in June to correct her father’s absentee ballot paperwork — and while there, Jones testified that she notarized “about 30 something ballots,” the station said.

Jones was arrested and charged with voter fraud, WTVA-TV reported. The judge set her bond at $500, the Journal said. WCBI reported that Jones has since been released.

The filing also stated that testimony from a second notary public, Lu Stephens, was not believable, the Journal said.

In addition, the judge found that 83 regular ballots were counted without being initialed by election workers — another violation, the station reported.

Weill also said there was clear evidence of voter intimidation and harassment at the polling place on Election Day, the station said. While state law says candidates and supporters must stay at least 150 feet away from polling places, Weill said in his ruling that Holliday — as well as Police Chief Henry Randle and former Mayor Maurice Howard — acted as if they were above the law, repeatedly violating criminal statutes, WCBI reported.

What did the candidates have to say?

Devaull hopes the judge’s order for a new election will mean a fair contest for the Ward 1 seat, the station said.

“It was always a lot of distraction in Ward 1 … I would like to see going forward that … be cleaned up, people be able to come and go as they like, to vote, and vote for who they want to,” Devaull told WCBI.

Aberdeen City Attorney Walter Zinn represented Holliday and said he and his client “are left offended in part and befuddled by the ruling of the court. While we respect this legal process and the days of deliberation of each party, the findings of fact are grossly inconsistent with testimony of the witnesses and reflect more of the ‘copied and pasted’ sentiments of the Defendant than what the record from the proceedings would affirm,” the station reported.


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Dan Crenshaw rips Biden’s slam on Texans for ‘Neanderthal thinking’: ‘That’s rich’ coming from the guy with ‘low cognitive capacity’

When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) announced this week they were lifting their states’ COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates, President Joe Biden was none too happy about it.

During a meeting at the White House on Wednesday, Biden ripped into the southern governors’ announcements, calling the moves a “big mistake” and praising the efficacy of restrictions and face masks.

But he wasn’t done there. Instead of just disagreeing with Abbott’s and Reeves’ decisions, he got personal and derisive.

“We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms,” the president said. “And the last thing — the last thing — we need is the Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, ‘everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it.'”

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw heard Biden’s slam and wasn’t having it. The GOP lawmaker wondered how it was that a man whose mental state has been a growing concern since before he won the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination could attack the cognitive abilities of the leadership and citizens of the Lone Star State.

What did he say?

Crenshaw joined conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday morning and addressed the president’s insult head on as well as his stance on ending lockdowns and reversing restrictions and mandates.

“Congressman, let me ask you about your anti-lockdown thing,” Hewitt asked. “First, the president called Texans Neanderthals yesterday. What did you make of that?”

Crenshaw didn’t hold back.

“The guy with low cognitive capacity is calling everybody else Neanderthals,” he said. “First of all, that’s rich. I also find it rich that he’s doing his sanctimonious pearl clutching over a bunch of Texans who, by the way, can still wear masks.”

His ire wasn’t limited to just Biden — he also let the left have a piece of his mind.

“By the reactions of the liberals on this one, you would think that Texas outlawed masks and is now arresting people who even wear a mask,” Crenshaw added. “Of course, that’s not true. Most people will still be wearing them.”

And anyone who doesn’t want to wear a mask, shouldn’t be forced to, he continued.

“The truth is, if you’re vaccinated, or if you already had it, maybe you don’t want to wear a mask, and you certainly don’t need to,” he said. “There’s no signs and reason to wear one. I do remember the time when the guidance was if you can’t socially distance, wear a mask. Of course, that changed rather quickly.”

If Biden is really is worried about Texas’ “Neanderthal thinking,” Crenshaw wondered, how does the president explain letting in illegal aliens at the southern border without testing them for COVID — and even knowingly letting in COVID-positive illegals?

“But here’s the thing. They’re very sanctimonious over that, but Biden has no problem letting illegal immigrants over the border in droves, many of which have COVID, and then they give them a bus ticket to wherever they want in the United States,” Crenshaw said. “So the double standard is pretty infuriating here.”

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Biden accuses Texas and Mississippi governors of ‘Neanderthal thinking’ for reopening states

President Joe Biden says the Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi are guilty of “Neanderthal thinking,” in reference to their decisions to reopen their states from lockdowns and mask mandates imposed in an effort to combat COVID-19.

What are the details?

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves issued separate announcements declaring to their respective citizens that statewide mask mandates and other coronavirus-related restrictions would be lifted within a matter of days.

Mississippi Today noted that “both governors attributed their decisions to declining COVID hospitalizations and the rollout of vaccines.”

During a meeting at the White House, a reporter asked Biden for his reaction to the policy changes in “Texas and Mississippi.”

The president responded:

“I think it’s a big mistake. Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now, these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms…And the last thing — the last thing — we need is the Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, ‘everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it.'”

Biden went on to say that as of the day before, 511,874 Americans had died of COVID-19, and that the nation would “lose thousands more” before full vaccination is achieved.

“It still matters,” he reiterated, “It’s critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science.”

In reaction to Biden’s comment, Reeves tweeted, “President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is “neanderthal thinking.” Mississippians don’t need handlers.

He added, “As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them.”

Anything else?

Biden is not the only person criticizing Abbott and Reeves. Dr. Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center in Philadelphia, told CNN Wednesday, “It’s very frustrating, actually, when you have the people, say, from Texas or Mississippi saying, ‘OK, let’s open up,’ because we’re still in the midst of this pandemic.”

“There’s 60,000 cases a day and 2,000 deaths a day,” Offit continued. “It’s obviously still the pandemic. And if we can just hang on for a few months and just — and mask and social distance until we get everybody vaccinated that needs to be vaccinated…we can stop this pandemic.”

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CNN vaccine expert suggests masks and social distancing should be used every winter to stop the flu

A CNN analyst on Wednesday suggested that one lesson Americans may learn from the COVID-19 pandemic is that mask-wearing and social distancing should be normal every winter to reduce the spread of the flu.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week published data showing that flue cases this year reached an all-time low. In the 2019-2020 flu season, the CDC reported 195 children died of the flu, but in this 2020-2021 season, that death toll fell dramatically to just one child.

Dr. Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center in Philadelphia and a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine Advisory Committee, was interviewed on CNN’s “New Day” to discuss the lifting of statewide mask mandates in Texas and Mississippi when he was asked about declining cases of the flu.

“That’s got to be masks, right? And the fact that people are social distancing,” CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked.

Offit said she was “exactly right” that mask-wearing and social distancing have contributed to this year’s remarkably low levels of the flu. He added that the spread of the flu has been so low this year that the FDA will have a difficult time deciding which strains of the flu people will need to vaccinate against next year.

“If we mask and social distance every winter, we will see a dramatic reduction in the flu, which usually causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of deaths,” Dr. Offit said. “I wonder if that will be the lesson from this.”

Offit also criticized states lifting mask mandates, saying that about 120 million Americans need to be vaccinated before spread of COVID-19 can significantly be stopped.

“It’s very frustrating, actually, when you have the people, say, from Texas or Mississippi saying, OK, let’s open things up, because we’re still in the midst of this pandemic,” Offit told Camerota. “There’s 60,000 cases a day and 2,000 deaths a day. It’s obviously still the pandemic. And if we can just hang on for a few months and just — and mask and social distance until we get everybody vaccinated that needs to be vaccinated, we’ll — we can stop this pandemic.”

“It’s just really hard to watch us not being able to wait those few months that I think we need to wait before we can get on top of this,” he added.

Camerota agreed, giving her opinion that opening businesses and removing mask mandates “are at odds.”

“It’s the wearing of masks that allow the businesses, like the retail stores, the nail salons, the hair salons to reopen successfully. The reason that those haven’t been superspreaders, we now know, during these past months, is because everybody wears masks going into the hair salon right now,” she said.

“I agree. I think we don’t realize the power of masking,” Offit replied. “[COVID-19] is spread by small droplets. If you mask appropriately and do the best that you can to sort of physically distance, you can — that’s a powerful way — it’s as powerful as vaccine, frankly. And so while we’re waiting for the vaccine, that’s what you do. This is sort of the pre-vaccine thing to do.”

He went on to say that Texas and Mississippi are conducting a “natural experiment” to see what will happen if you end mask mandates “in the middle of a pandemic.”

“I mean, I think we already know the answer to that question. It’s just hard to believe that we still want to do that kind of experiment.”

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Two armed men show up at home; one opens fire, hits homeowner. But shooting victim also has a gun — and his aim is deadly.

A pair of armed men decided to pay a visit to a residence in Moss Point, Mississippi, to pull off a home invasion Sunday evening, Police Chief Brandon Ashley told WXXV-TV.

But it didn’t go so well for at least one of the suspects.

What are the details?

Police said in a press release that the two armed men went up to the front door of their “target” residence, encountered the homeowner, and one of suspects opened fire “multiple times” and struck the homeowner at least once.

But the homeowner came to the door prepared.

Police said he returned fire and struck one of the intruders — who collapsed in the roadway and died.

Police said they received a call around 6:30 p.m. reporting “shots fired” in the Mill Avenue area of East Moss Point — and upon arrival found the dead suspect in the street.

Police have not yet identified the two suspects, WLOX-TV reported, adding that it’s not clear if the other home invasion suspect was arrested.

Jackson County Coroner Bruce Lynd Jr. said the suspect’s body was sent to the state crime lab in Jackson for an autopsy, the Sun Herald reported. Lynd added to the paper that officials are running the dead suspect’s fingerprints to try to confirm his identity since the he didn’t have any identification on him.

What happened to the homeowner?

Police said the homeowner was treated and released from a hospital for his gunshot wounds and is not facing any charges, the Sun Herald noted.

But the paper added that a Jackson County grand jury will hear evidence in the case to determine if any criminal wrongdoing occurred — or if the homeowner acted in self-defense.

How did folks react?

Commenters on the Facebook page for the Moss Point Police seemed decidedly behind the homeowner’s actions:

  • “Why a grand jury[?]” one commenter asked. “The homeowner fixed half the problem already. Kudos Mr. Homeowner!”
  • “Hell yeah, play stupid games and win stupid prizes!” another user exclaimed.
  • “[You] break in here, get right with Jesus,” another commenter said, “’cause [your’re] meeting him.”
  • “Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6,” another commenter noted.
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Mississippi governor says his state won’t participate in a potential national lockdown, promises to fight it

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves proclaimed that his state would not take part in any potential national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican governor was reacting to a statement by Dr. Michael Osterholm, a top COVID-19 advisor to Joe Biden.

“We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers for losses to small companies to medium-sized companies, for city, states, county governments,” Osterholm told Yahoo! Finance on Wednesday. “We could do all of that, and if we did that, then we could lockdown for 4 to 6 weeks.”

Reeves responded to the idea of shutting down the entire country for up to a month and a half.

“The fact is that we’re going to try to work with whomever the president is, but we’re not going to participate in a nationwide lockdown,” Reeves said during a virtual press conference on Thursday. “This notion that one of his advisers has said that all we really need is about a six-week national lockdown and we can slow down the spread of this virus is totally and completely beyond reasonableness.”

“The people of Mississippi can’t just go home and shut down their small businesses … for six weeks, and just think that you can come back six weeks from now, flip a switch and everything’s gonna be fine,” Reeves continued. “It’s not the way the economy works.”

Reeves referred to the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1988, which “authorizes delivery of federal technical, financial, logistical, and other assistance to states and localities during declared major disasters or emergencies,” according to the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

“Under the Stafford Act, when you have emergencies—and this is clearly one of the longest-lasting emergencies in American history—that those emergencies have to be state managed, locally executed and federally supported,” he explained.

“I don’t believe that there is any Constitutional or statutory authority for any president to shut down Mississippi’s economy,” the governor stated. “We will certainly fight that, if it becomes necessary.”

Reeves urged Mississippians to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously, also encouraging his constituents to wear masks, wash hands regularly, and practice social distancing.

On Friday, President Donald Trump declared that he would not institute a national lockdown.

“Ideally, we won’t go to a lockdown. I will not go — this administration will not be going to a lockdown,” Trump said during a White House press conference about Operation Warp Speed. “I can tell you, this administration will not go to a lockdown. There won’t be necessity. Lockdowns cost lives, and they cost a lot of problems.”

Trump added, “According to some estimates, a national lockdown costs $50 billion a day and hundreds of thousands of jobs every single day.”

Another Republican governor also said they would defy national orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic this week. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said her state would not comply with a national face mask mandate.

Noem’s office said that Biden, as president, would lack the authority to impose a nationwide face mask mandate.

“It’s a good day for freedom. Joe Biden realizes that the president doesn’t have the authority to institute a mask mandate,” communications director Ian Fury said. “For that matter, neither does Governor Noem, which is why she has provided her citizens with the full scope of the science and trusted them to make the best decisions for themselves and their loved-ones.”

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Thirty-Six and Counting: More States Legalize Marijuana Despite Federal Prohibition

Yesterday, voters in two more states legalized marijuana for the first time, bringing the total number of states defying federal cannabis prohibition to 36.

Last month, Virginia became the 34th state with legal marijuana when its first dispensary opened. Virginia’s medical marijuana program slowly evolved with incremental regulatory change. Over time, the state broadened the definition of products cannabis patients can obtain and possess. According to Marijuana Moment, “Organizations like NORML and the Marijuana Policy Project now consider the state to be the 34th in the U.S. to meet its definition for having an effective medical marijuana system.”

Today, Mississippi and South Dakota became the 35th and 36th states to legalize marijuana.

South Dakota

South Dakota voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 26 legalizing medical marijuana by a 69.2-38.8 margin. The ballot measure establishes a medical marijuana program for patients with qualifying conditions. Patients will be able to possess up to three ounces of marijuana and can grow up to three plants. The measure also establishes a licensing program for commercial production of medical marijuana and sales through licensed dispensaries.

Voters also approved Amendment A 53.4-46.6 to legalize marijuana for adult use. The measure amends the state constitution to “legalize regulate and tax marijuana, and to require the legislature to pass laws regarding hemp as well as laws ensuring access to marijuana for medical use.”

South Dakota is the first state to legalize medical and recreational marijuana at the same time.

Mississippi

Mississippi had a choice between two competing ballot measures. Voters approved Initiative 65 by a 68-32 margin.  A citizen initiative led by Mississippians for Compassionate Care put the measure on the ballot. Activists turned in more than 214,000 signatures. The measure allows patients suffering from 22 qualifying conditions to access medical marijuana with the recommendation of a physician. Patients will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis per 14-day period.

Initiative 65 was in competition with Alternative 65A put the constitutional amendment on the ballot with the passage of HC39. It had far less detail and has more restrictions than the citizen initiative. The legislature’s passage of a competing ballot initiative was widely seen as an attempt to prevent the legalization of medical marijuana in Mississippi. According to Forbes, Gov. Phil Bryant (R) voiced opposition and suggested that the legislature propose an alternative.

OTHER STATES

Three other states expanded marijuana legalization through ballot measures.

Arizona

Arizona voters passed Prop. 207 to legalize cannabis for adult use by a 59.8-40.2 margin. The new law allows limited marijuana possession, use, and cultivation by adults 21 or older. It also sets up a tax and regulatory structure for the cultivation and sale of cannabis. The ballot measure includes a provision to allow the expungement of marijuana offenses.

Arizona voters legalized medical marijuana in 2010.

Montana 

Montana voters approved Ballot issue I-190 by a 56.6-43.4 margin. The statutory measure legalizes the possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana by people 21 and older. It also establishes a licensing, taxation and regulatory scheme for cannabis sales and cultivation. I-190 includes a process for resentencing and records expungement for past marijuana offenses.

Voters also approved a separate measure, CI-118, by a 57.7- 42.3 vote. The initiative amends the state constitution to allow the legislature or a citizen initiative to establish the legal age of purchasing, consuming, or possessing marijuana. In effect, it will set the legal age for recreational marijuana at 21.

Montana legalized medical marijuana in 2004 through a ballot initiative.

New Jersey

New Jersey voters said “yes” to  Public Question No. 1 by a 66.9-33.1 margin. The ballot measure legalizes the possession, use and cultivation of marijuana by persons 21 and older, along with the manufacture and retail sales of cannabis products. The Cannabis Regulatory Commission that currently oversees the state’s medical-marijuana program will manage the regulatory scheme.

Public Question 1 was passed and place on the ballot by the New Jersey legislature.

New Jersey legalized medical marijuana in 2010. The program languished under Gov. Chris Christie, a staunch opponent of cannabis. When Gov. Phil Murphy took office, he loosened requirements and expanded the number of qualifying medical conditions. The New Jersey legislature expanded the program further in 2019.

NEXT UP?

New Hampshire took a small step toward legalizing recreational marijuana during the 2020 legislative session. The House considered HB1663, a bill that would have legalized cannabis and created a regulatory scheme. The House  Criminal Justice and Public Safety didn’t approve the measure, but it voted 7-4 to form an interim study committee to produce a report on future legislation. This could create a foundation for the legalization of marijuana in a future legislative session.

Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recently said legalizing marijuana represents a key way the state can recover economically from the coronavirus pandemic. During a virtual event, Cuomo said that the state will soon legalize marijuana for adult use.

“Soon, because now we need the money,” he said, according to a recording that was obtained by USA Today Network. “I’ve tried to get it done the last couple years. There are a lot of reasons to get it done, but one of the benefits is it also brings in revenue, and all states—but especially this state—we need revenue and we’re going to be searching the cupboards for revenue. And I think that is going to put marijuana over the top.”

Legislative efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee continue. Two bills (SB2441/HB2741) were introduced in February 2020 and will be taken up again later this year.

EFFECT ON FEDERAL PROHIBITION

State efforts to legalize cannabis continue despite federal prohibition.

Under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) passed in 1970, the federal government maintains the complete prohibition of marijuana. Of course, the federal government lacks any constitutional authority to ban or regulate cannabis within the borders of a state, despite the opinion of the politically connected lawyers on the Supreme Court. If you doubt this, ask yourself why it took a constitutional amendment to institute federal alcohol prohibition.

The legalization of marijuana for medical or recreational use removes a layer of laws prohibiting the possession and use of marijuana. This is significant because FBI statistics show that law enforcement makes approximately 99 of 100 marijuana arrests under state, not federal law. By legalizing cannabis, these states can essentially sweep away at least some of the basis for 99 percent of marijuana arrests.

Furthermore, figures indicate it would take 40 percent of the DEA’s yearly-budget just to investigate and raid all of the dispensaries in Los Angeles – a single city in a single state. That doesn’t include the cost of prosecution. The lesson? The feds lack the resources to enforce marijuana prohibition without state assistance.

A GROWING MOVEMENT

These five states join a growing number of states simply ignoring and defying federal prohibition – nullifying it in practice.

Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska were the first states to legalize recreational cannabis, and California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts joined them after ballot initiatives in favor of legalization passed in November 2016. Michigan followed suit when voters legalized cannabis for general use in 2018. Vermont became the first state to legalize marijuana through a legislative act in 2018. Illinois followed suit in 2019.

With 36 states allowing cannabis for medical use, the feds find themselves in a position where they simply can’t enforce prohibition anymore.

“The lesson here is pretty straightforward. When enough people say, ‘No!’ to the federal government, and enough states pass laws backing those people up, there’s not much the feds can do to shove their so-called laws, regulations or mandates down our throats,” Tenth Amendment Center founder and executive director Michael Boldin said.

 

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Student allegedly told by administrator to remove ‘Trump 2020’ face mask while others get to wear pro-Biden, BLM, LGBTQ items

A Mississippi high school administrator recently told a student to remove his face mask supporting President Donald Trump because it’s a “political” statement while teachers and other students were permitted to wear items supporting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Black Lives Matter, and LGBTQ causes, legal firm Alliance Defending Freedom said.

What are the details?

ADF said it sent a letter Tuesday on behalf of Northwest Rankin High School junior David Ferguson saying that on or about Sept. 30 assistant principal Lewis Bradford pulled Ferguson aside in a hallway and told him to remove his “Trump 2020 – Keep America Great!” face mask since it amounts to a “political” statement.

Ferguson complied, the letter said, because he didn’t want to get into trouble. But ADF pointed out that “apparently, other students and teachers are allowed to wear face masks and other clothing with political messages without reprimand — including messages supporting Biden, BLM, and rainbow masks.”

The letter also stated that dress code policy doesn’t prohibit Ferguson from wearing the pro-Trump face mask — only items with “suggestive, obscene, disruptive, or vulgar designs, pictures, symbols, slogans, or statements that cause a disruption to or detract from the educational process.”

What else did ADF have to say?

ADF requested that the district respond Tuesday by allowing Ferguson to wear the face mask and any other items with similar messages, revise policy to prohibit staff from engaging in viewpoint discrimination, and provide First Amendment training to staff.

“Public schools have a duty to respect the free expression of students that the First Amendment guarantees to them,” said ADF Legal Counsel Caleb Dalton, who penned the letter. “While school administrators face challenges in helping students navigate school life while wearing masks at this time, they simply can’t suspend the First Amendment or arbitrarily pick and choose the messages that students can or can’t express. Other students within the school district have freely worn masks and shirts with political messages, including symbols supporting other political candidates, the LGBTQ community, and the words ‘Black Lives Matter.’ This student deserves an equal opportunity to peacefully express his beliefs.”

ADF Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer, director of the ADF Center for Academic Freedom, added that “no public school student should be singled out for peacefully expressing his political position or sharing his beliefs with fellow students. Today’s students will be tomorrow’s legislators, judges, educators, and voters. That’s why it’s so important that public schools demonstrate the First Amendment values they are supposed to be teaching to students.”

What did the district have to say?

Officials with the Rankin County School District on Tuesday didn’t immediately respond to TheBlaze’s request for comment on the matter.

Anything else?

Students who are Trump supporters have had their share of obstacles of late:

(H/T: The College Fix)

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Mississippi’s GOP governor signs statewide mask order, argues: ‘I want to see college football’

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) issued a mandate Tuesday requiring every citizen to wear a mask at public gatherings or while shopping for the next two weeks, arguing that the statewide order is necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 — and to bring back college football.

What are the details?

Reeves held a televised press conference to announce his executive order regarding masks, where he declared, “I want to see college football. The best way for that to occur is for us all to realize is that wearing a mask — as irritating as that can be and I promise I hate it more than anyone watching today — is critical,” the Mississippi Free Press reported.

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Reeves is not the first politician or public figure to cite college football as a reason for wearing a mask. Alabama coach Nick Saban even filmed a public service announcement for the school to promote wearing a mask so that the football season could happen. Saban’s PSA came in May, over two months before Reeves’ declaration.

The Clarion Ledger reported that up until Tuesday, Reeves had used a piecemeal approach to mask mandates, requiring them only in 38 of Mississippi’s 82 counties before making a dictate covering the entire state.

The governor previously resisted issuing the statewide order, arguing that mask mandates are difficult to enforce and telling reporters last month, “I know a lot of you think we can snap our fingers and all of a sudden 100% of the people will comply and everything will be great.”

Reeves also announced Tuesday a delay in school reopening for grades 7-12 in a handful of counties, saying, “We must pump the breaks in the hardest hit areas.” Students and adults alike will be required to wear masks in schools.

But Reeves wants to press forward with keeping most schools open, tweeting Monday, “I’ve said it before and I will say it again: We cannot ignore the severe damage that extended school closures do to kids. I know that these days the public conversation favors noise over nuance — but this is nuanced.”

According to the Associated Press, Mississippi’s Health Department reported the state had more than 62,000 reported cases of COVID-19 as of Monday night and 1,753 deaths from the virus. Earlier this week, WTOK-TV reported that “director of the Harvard Global Health Institute Ashish K. Jha predicts that Mississippi will become number one in the nation for COVID-19.”

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Mississippi lawmakers take major step in removing Confederate symbol from state flag

The Mississippi state House advanced legislation to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state’s flag. The Mississippi flag is the last state flag in the country to still include the stars and bars of the Confederacy.

By a margin of 85-35, the chamber voted to suspend the rules in the House on Saturday so they can consider a bill to alter the state flag. The Senate followed and passed the resolution with a 36-14 vote. Lawmakers reached the two-thirds majority needed to suspend the rules to consider the change. A separate vote can now happen on a flag bill, which only requires a simple majority to pass, and then it can be sent to the governor.

If the governor approves of the flag change, a commission would design a new Mississippi state flag that will not include the Confederate battle emblem, but will include the phrase “In God We Trust.” A commission to resign the flag will be created by Sept. 14, 2020. A new design would be put on the Nov. 3 ballot. If voters approve of the new design, it will become the new state flag. If voters reject the design, the commission will offer another redesigned flag during the 2021 legislative session.

The Magnolia State’s flag was adopted in 1894 and it features a red field topped by a blue “X” with 13 white stars.

“The eyes of the state, the nation and indeed the world are on this House,” said Republican Jason White, the second-ranking office in the Mississippi House. “I know there are many good people who … believe that this flag is a symbol of our Southern pride and heritage. But for most people throughout our nation and the world, they see that flag and think that it stands for hatred and oppression.”

“I don’t think we can move forward together if we say, ‘Ýou can have any flag you want except … this one,'” said Republican Rep. Chris Brown. “If we put the current flag on the ballot with another good design, the people of Mississippi will change it. I believe that. Let’s not steal their joy. They want to show the world that they’re moving on.?

“Some of you when you come in here don’t notice that flag up in the corner,” said Democratic Rep. Ed Blackmon, D-Canton. “There’s some of us who notice it every time we walk in here and it is not a good feeling … It ought to be something that fills us with a sense of pride, so we know it’s about us, not just some of us.”

“I think it was a historic moment in our state and it was the right thing to do,” said Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn. “The bottom line is the image of our state hangs in the balance.”

Also on Saturday, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said for the first time publicly that he would sign a bill to change the flag.

“The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag,” Reeves said on Twitter. “The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it. If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it.”

“For economic prosperity and for a better future for my kids and yours, we must find a way to come together. To heal our wounds, to forgive, to resolve that the page has been turned, to trust each other. With God’s help, we can,” Reeves wrote on Facebook. “No matter where you are … I love you, Mississippi.”

Walmart announced this week that it would no longer display the Mississippi state flag in its stores. Earlier this month, the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference told Mississippi that if it does not change its flag, the state might be barred from hosting championship events.

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Cop on leave after video shows his hands around man’s neck: ‘You wanna get bad with me, and I’m showin’ you!’​

A Jackson, Mississippi, police officer is on administrative leave over a
video posted Friday that shows him with his hands around a man’s neck and pinning him against against a car, the Jackson Free Press reported.

What are the details?

Jackson police told the paper the patrolman’s name is Myron Smith.

In the video, the officer holds the man against a car and hollers, “Make me! Make me! I said, make me!” before a woman pleads with the officer to let the man go, saying that “he can’t breathe.”

The woman actually tried to release the officer’s grip, but he hollered at her to “get off of me!”

Image source: Facebook video screenshot

As the camera moved closer to the altercation, it showed the officer with his hands around the man’s neck and at one point pinning the back of the man’s head to the roof of the car.


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The woman repeated her request to the officer to let the man go, saying “he’s shaking, sir, he can’t breathe” — but the officer replied, “Ma’am, you see my hands? I’m not even choking him. Look where my hands are.”

The struggle continued, with the officer shouting, “What did I tell you to do, what did I tell you to do? When I told you to leave, what are you out here doing?”

He added, “But no, you wanna get bad with me, and I’m showin’ you!” and “my hands are not even around your throat.”

What are police saying?

Police told the Free Press that Smith was placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation.

Police Chief James Davis told the Clarion Ledger the department is piecing together the confrontation and that the man and the officer “were in a struggle, a scuffle.”

No arrests were made, the Ledger said, but Davis indicated a report was written up. The Ledger said it submitted a public records request for the report.

Anything else?

The office of Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba released a statement saying his administration is focused on encouraging a positive relationship between police and residents and that “any actions” that stray from such a goal “have no place in the City of Jackson,” the Free Press said.

Here’s the clip. (Content warning: Language):

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After lawsuits, uproar over $500 tickets for church members listening to radio sermon in church parking lot, mayor has come-to-Jesus moment

When Errick D. Simmons become mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, in 2016, he looked to keep God at the center of his administration by promoting a faith-based initiative called “Worship on the Water” to bring residents together.

“Psalm 100 demands us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord,” Simmons said, according to his page on the city’s website. “On the fifth Sunday of every month, residents and citizens come and worship at the water on our levee front to make a joyful noise together in corporate worship. Folks are not restricted by the color of their skin nor confined by their churches’ addresses. We come to exalt God as one community.”

But these days the noise around Simmons has been anything but joyful.

Church attendance restrictions

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Simmons issued an executive order last week closing all Greenville church buildings for both in-person and drive-in services.

“It’s all about trying to save lives,” the mayor told the Delta Democrat-Times. “If people continue to gather, it’s going to spread.”

Well, the day after Simmons’ executive order, folks showed up to the parking lot of Temple Baptist Church in Greenville and listened to Pastor Arthur Scott’s sermon on the radio in their cars.

Lee Gordon — a 23-year member of the church as well as a representative for the Washington County Board of Supervisors — told the Democrat-Times he and his wife were among those gathered in the church parking lot, and they figured everybody was abiding by coronavirus social distancing guidelines given they were in their cars with the windows rolled up.

But that wasn’t the case. Gordon told the paper he and his wife were both issued $500 tickets.

‘Somewhere right now in the city of Greenville, real crime is going on’

Another Temple Baptist church member recorded video of police issuing tickets in the parking lot.

“Somewhere right now in the city of Greenville, real crime is going on,” the man said from behind the wheel of his vehicle. “They got half of the police squad at Temple Baptist Church. Seventy- and 80-year-old people … most of them never even had a speeding ticket. But this is a better use of Greenville’s resources.”

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The man recording the video got a ticket, too.

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“Just handed a ticket by a man with no gloves. He gave me an ink pen to sign it …,” he said, adding that he and other church members were “complying 100% with the governor’s ordinance on COVID-19. And they come and force us not to comply. They force us to make human contact. Your city dollars at work for you.”

Here’s the video:


Police Raid Drive-In Church Service for Elderly, Issue Fines to Entire Congregation

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Fallout

In the wake of the $500 ticket incident, Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit last Friday saying the order banning church services is unconstitutional, the Associated Press reported.

Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr warned state authorities that social distancing mandates do not include the right to restrict religious organizations more than nonreligious ones. First Liberty Institute also filed a lawsuit against Greenville, the AP said.

Simmons also told the outlet he’s received death threats.

A change of heart

Finally the Democratic mayor said Monday the city wouldn’t make people pay the $500 tickets but that he wanted Republican Gov. Tate Reeves to give clear guidance about how his statewide stay-at-home order affects religious services, the AP said.

Reeves has said during public appearances in the last two weeks that he doesn’t believe government can ban religious services, but he’s also asked pastors and other religious leaders to hold worship services online rather than in person, the outlet added.

Simmons said Reeves provided clear guidance about worship services Wednesday during a call with mayors, the AP said.

“The governor stated today … for the very first time that drive-in church services where families stay in their cars with windows up are safe,” he said.

With that, Simmons said people may attend drive-in church services but must keep their windows up, the outlet said, adding that he also said churches may allow up to 10 people at a time in a building for worship services shown online or carried on TV or radio, as long as those inside the church follow public health guidelines to maintain a safe distance from one another.

During a news conference Wednesday, Reeves criticized the fact that Greenville police made motorists roll down their windows at drive-in church services to receive their tickets, the AP reported.

“The actions taken by an over-burdensome government actually put more people at risk,” he said.

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Church members get $500 tickets for sitting in their vehicles with windows closed during radio service in church parking lot

The parking lot at Temple Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi, was full Wednesday night for a service, the
Delta Democrat-Times reported.

That might sound odd considering churches around the country aren’t meeting in person due to the coronavirus social distancing guidelines — but this was a different kind of church service.

Temple Baptist members were staying in their vehicles with the windows rolled up to listen to Pastor Arthur Scott’s sermon on the radio, the paper said.

Lee Gordon — a 23-year member of the church as well as a representative for the Washington County Board of Supervisors — told the Democrat-Times the church has been using a low-power FM frequency to broadcast sermons in the parking lot for the last three weeks.

“The preacher is in the church at the pulpit, and we are streaming the service live as well,” Gordon added to the paper. “But a lot of our membership is elderly and [lacks access to streaming technology].”

Paying for it

Gordon told the Democrat-Times he and his wife were among those gathered in the church parking lot — and figured they all were abiding by the coronavirus social distancing guidelines given they were in their cars with the windows rolled up.

But that wasn’t the case — and they paid for it.

Gordon told the paper he and his wife were both issued $500 tickets.

“I think somebody called the police,” he added to the Democrat-Times. “And we were just doing the same thing we’ve been doing the last three weeks.”

Gordon noted to the paper that the police “were respectful and just doing their job. They asked us to leave first, and those who stayed got a ticket.”

‘Somewhere right now in the city of Greenville, real crime is going on’

Another Temple Baptist church member recorded video of police issuing tickets in the parking lot.

“Somewhere right now in the city of Greenville, real crime is going on,” the man said from behind the wheel of his vehicle. “They got half of the police squad at Temple Baptist Church. Seventy- and 80-year-old people … most of them never even had a speeding ticket. But this is a better use of Greenville’s resources.”


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The man also pointed his camera at a red car with an officer standing by it: “A retired nurse, never bothered nobody, being threatened to go to jail for going to church.”


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The man recording the video got a ticket, too.


Image source: YouTube screenshot

“Just handed a ticket by a man with no gloves. He gave me an ink pen to sign it …” he said, adding that he and other church members were “complying 100% with the governor’s ordinance on COVID-19. And they come and force us
not to comply. They force us to make human contact. Your city dollars at work for you.”

Here’s the video:


Police Raid Drive-In Church Service for Elderly, Issue Fines to Entire Congregation

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Why, pray tell?

In addition to last Friday’s shelter-in-place order from Republican Gov. Tate Reeves,
Democratic Mayor of Greenville Errick Simmons issued an executive order Tuesday that all church buildings are to be closed for both in-person and drive-in services — and that the Temple Baptist parking lot service was in direct defiance of that order, the Democrat-Times reported.

“People have been calling the office all week telling us there are churches still meeting,” Simmons told the paper. “These are people from out of town who are concerned their older parents are still going to these meeting places.”

Gatherings of 10 or more people have been banned in the city for more than three weeks, the Democrat-Times said, adding that Simmons noted the Mississippi Department of Health and governor’s office said church meetings and other gathering places have been epicenters for COVID-19 cases.

“It’s all about trying to save lives,” the mayor added to the paper. “If people continue to gather, it’s going to spread.”

Turns out Simmons told the Democrat-Times he got a call in his office earlier this week from someone claiming to be the pastor of Temple Baptist who said, “We’re having church on Wednesday, no matter what.”

Sunday morning coming down

Despite getting the tickets Wednesday, Gordon told the paper that Temple Baptist plans on holding Easter morning services in the parking lot.

He pointed out to the paper that a similar gathering was taking place not too far from the church parking lot.

“There’s 25 cars 200 yards away all in the same place at the Sonic Drive-In. What we’re doing endangers nobody,” he said.

Temple Baptist isn’t the only church opposed to the executive order

Simmons recently hosted a conference call with local pastors to discuss the church meeting situation and told the paper the only pastors against the executive order were Scott of Temple Baptist and Charles Hamilton Jr., pastor of King James Bible Baptist Church, also in Greenville.

And as it happens, First Liberty Institute — which is representing Hamilton and his church — sent a letter to Simmons urging him to withdraw his executive order,
WJTV-TV reported.

“Protecting religious liberty is essential, even during a pandemic,” Jeremy Dys, special counsel for litigation and communications at First Liberty, told the station. “Americans can tolerate a lot, if it means demonstrating love for their fellow man, but they will not — nor should not — tolerate churchgoers being ticketed by the police for following CDC guidelines at church. This has to stop now.”

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Watch: CNN mistakenly shows Bernie Sanders as winner in Mississippi race

CNN had some technical difficulties while calling the winner in Mississippi’s Democratic primary on Tuesday, mistakenly airing a graphic declaring the state as a victory for Sen. Bernie Sander (I-Vt.) when, in fact, former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to win the state by a landslide.

What are the details?

The network apparently tried to be ahead of the game as it showed the seconds to countdown as polls closed at 8:00 p.m. EST, but as soon as the clock ran out the screen declared “Bernie Sanders wins the Mississippi primary.” Host Wolf Blitzer caught the error right away saying that Sanders was “not happening right now” and quickly calling the state for Biden as technical difficulties continued.

But the flub was not lost on viewers, who took to Twitter to air their frustration and hit the network with some jabs over the snafu.

Some joked that the mistake would likely be the “highlight of the night” for Sanders supporters, several of whom declared that their hearts skipped a beat when they first saw their candidate’s face on the screen.

A number of Biden supporters, on the other hand, said the initial report nearly gave them heart attacks, with one expressing his relief that “the network came back to reality in a nanosecond.”

Another observer added, “and they are apparently broadcasting from a bowling alley.”

Ultimately, CNN reported that Joe Biden was winning the state with 80.8% of the vote to Sanders’ 15% with 46% of precincts reporting.

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Man claims he is victim after N-word, ‘Trump’ painted on vehicles. Then police arrested him.

A Mississippi man who claimed he was the victim of racism-fueled graffiti has been arrested because police discovered the man allegedly orchestrated a hoax.

In early February, WREG-TV reported that Southaven, Mississippi, police and the FBI were investigating after Trumaine Foster reported his vehicles had been spray-painted with racist slurs. His pickup truck had the N-word painted on it, while a car had the phrase “Leave n*****” and “Trump” painted on it.

In a turn of events, police arrested Foster last Friday, charging him with insurance fraud and tampering with evidence.

According to WREG, police did not outright say that Foster was responsible for the vandalism, but the arrest strongly suggests that the original crime of vandalism was not real.

“That it was a hoax just kind of made us look silly,” one of Foster’s neighbors told WREG. “That’s just embarrassing. That’s absolutely embarrassing.”

As far as a potential motive for the crimes, WREG discovered that Foster owns a body shop that primarily specializes in painting cars.

Foster is set to appear in court Wednesday. He remained in jail through the weekend without bail, the Associated Press reported.

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Appeals court rules against Mississippi heartbeat abortion ban

Citing Supreme Court precedent, a federal appeals court has ruled against a Mississippi pro-life law that would outlaw abortion when an unborn child’s heartbeat is detected.

Thursday’s ruling comes from a unanimous panel of three federal judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, who also cited the appeals court’s recent December ruling against a 15-week abortion ban the state passed in 2018 on the grounds that such a ban would take place before the unborn child is viable outside the womb.

The decision hinges on previous Supreme Court decision precedent that uses the viability of an unborn child outside the womb as a standard for whether or not abortion laws meet constitutional muster. While the point of viability has generally been considered to be around the point of 24 weeks, other babies have been born earlier and survived.

While the parties in the case may disagree about when an unborn child’s heartbeat begins during a pregnancy, “all agree that cardiac activity can be detected well before the fetus is viable,” the ruling contends. Fetal heartbeats are usually detectable around the sixth week of a pregnancy.

“That dooms the law,” the ruling explains. “If a ban on abortion after 15 weeks is unconstitutional, then it follows that a ban on abortion at an earlier stage of pregnancy is also unconstitutional.”

Following the law’s passage and signature, the Center for Reproductive Rights, which brought the case on behalf of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization — the state’s only abortion clinic — in March. A district court judge blocked the law from going into effect in May, a decision which the Thursday ruling upheld.

The pro-abortion organization celebrated the panel’s decision.

“This is now the second time in two months the Fifth Circuit has told Mississippi that it cannot ban abortion,” Center for Reproductive Rights senior staff attorney Hillary Schneller said in a statement. “Despite the relentless attempts of Mississippi and other states, the right to legal abortion remains the law of the land.”

“A ban at six weeks of pregnancy means many of our patients would lose their right to have an abortion before they even know they’re pregnant,” said Jackson Women’s Health Organization said of the decision. “Most of our patients are past that point.”

Mississippi’s was just one of several state-level abortion bans to be signed into law last year and subsequently halted by a federal court. Others include Alabama’s ban on nearly all abortions, Georgia’s heartbeat law, Kentucky’s heartbeat law, Ohio’s heartbeat law, and Missouri’s eight-week ban. Many pro-lifers hope that the numerous legal fights about such measures will eventually lead the Supreme Court to reconsider its past abortion rulings, such as Roe v. Wade.

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