Miss. auditor wants funds collected from AG lawsuits to be public

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — The Mississippi Auditor’s Office has asked the state Supreme Court to declare funds that Attorney General Jim Hood collects from lawsuits to be public money.

Arthur Jernigan Jr. argued on behalf of Auditor Stacey Pickering before the Court on Wednesday. Assistant Attorney General Justin Matheny argued for Hood.

According to The Associated Press, Pickering wants all funds collected from lawsuits to be turned over to the state Legislature, including what outside, private firms collect for their work.

At issue is the legal fees those private firms collect, not their hiring. Pickering’s office told the Court that the money should go to the state.

Legal News Line
8/4/11