JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A law firm paid for its work on
Mississippi's settlement with MCI Inc. has filed a counterclaim
against State Auditor Stacey Pickering.
Pickering filed a motion last month with Hinds County Circuit
Judge Winston Kidd to get the $14 million payment returned. The fee
was paid to the law office of Joey Langston for assisting Attorney
General Jim Hood in the 2005 settlement with MCI over tax law
Pickering contends the legal fees could only be paid through a
special fund in Hood's office or from money appropriated by the
MCI paid the fees directly to Langston's firm. Hood has said the
legal fees were negotiated separately.
Kidd has yet to rule on Pickering's motion or the counterclaim.
Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,