State Supreme Court Bans Sitting Justice From Filing His Dissent

The Mississippi Supreme Court ordered one of its sitting justices not to publish his dissent with the Court’s majority decision. Apparently the Court stopped its court clerk from filing Justice Oliver Diaz’s opinion into the record. Here’s a copy. In the opinion, Justice Diaz writes “A majority vote to censor a justice of the court and prohibit the issuance of a dissenting opinion may be unprecedented in the history of American jurisprudence.”By not being part of the record, Justice Diaz’s opinion has no legal status.
It was published by Folo, a blog.

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