Kudos to Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert (“Dont call me Herbert”) Hosemann for seeking additional money from Morgan Keegan for defrauding Mississippians. I was reading an article today in the Clarion Ledger about the hearing and this comment caught my attention:
“The proceedings before Jackson lawyer Cliff Hodge, appointed by the secretary of state as the hearing officer, is expected to last three weeks. The hearing is being held in the third-floor courtroom of the Mississippi College School of Law.”
So what’s the problem you may ask? Cliff Hodge and Secretary of State Hosemann worked together at Phelps Dunbar for years. I’m sure that this connection was disclosed to all parties before the hearing but nothing was mentioned about their connection in the article. Republicans are always accusing former Democratic Attorney General Mike Moore and current AG Jim Hood for associating their “friends” on cases so I think the issue needs to be brought out in this story. I’m sure Mr. Hodge and his firm isn’t working for free in this case but it’s on the taxpayer’s dime.
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