Longtime Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn must pay $9,535 in sanctions for her office's failure to timely file appeal papers to the state Supreme Court.Hint to whoever takes on the appeals-clerk duties: read MRAP 10 and 11.
Also, Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green ordered that the deputy clerk who handled appeals in Dunn's office be suspended for 30 days, effective today. Deputy Clerk Loretta Wells also will have different duties once she returns from suspension.
Lee Howell, attorney for T. Jackson Lyons & Associates, said he just wanted to have the appeal filed.Lee Howell, YOU DA MAN!
"We were just trying to get records," Howell said.
The amount of the sanctions is what the fees were in trying to get the appeal filed, Howell said.
And what about that mandated training for deputy clerks?
This time, the Supreme Court is mandating that Dunn provide adequate training for her staff. Green ordered Dunn to provide at her own expense mandatory in-service training for her employees, including cross training.TBA is tempted to volunteer, at least as regards the appellate duties.
But Dunn said she is having a difficult time finding someone to provide training for her staff.
Dunn said most of her staffers have been on the job for a long time and know what their duties are even if they don't always do them.
... H/t JL, who notes that compared to the prior photographic evidence of Dunn's vampiric nature, this one looks positively Photoshopped:
Could be ... or it could be that she's fed recently on the blood of the living. But who was her victim?
Wells could not be reached for comment.Uh-oh. "You have failed me for the last time!..."