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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||10/11/2001 - Present|
|Chief:||2007 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Neal Biggers|
|Past post:||Mississippi Supreme Court, Associate Justice|
|Undergraduate:||University of Mississippi, B.A., 1978|
|Law School:||University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1980|
|Grad. School:||U. of Virginia of Law, LL.M., 2001|
Early life and education
After Law School, Mills was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Mississippi from 1980 to 1995. Also Mills was a elected State Representative for the Mississippi House of Representatives as a elected Republican from 1984 to 1995.
Northern District of Mississippi
He was an Associate Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court before accepting his current position in the federal judiciary. Mills was given the unanimous recommendation of Mississippi U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Trent Lott for the nomination. Mills resigned from the Mississippi court effective October 31, 2001, and after being nominated by George W. Bush to the seat vacated by Neal Biggers. Millas was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Oct. 11, 2001 on a Senate Vote.
Senate Confirmation Gridlock
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) held up the Senate vote to confirm Mills to the federal district court because of a dissent joined by Justice Mills in an anti-abortion trespasser case. An abortion protester who was tried and convicted for trespassing on clinic property claimed that she should have been able to present the “necessity defense”—a defense that allows one to take illegal action to stop another illegal act. The protester claimed that illegal abortions were being done in the clinic, thus her trespass was justified to stop them. The trial judge refused to hear the defense and convicted her. The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the conviction, but Justice Mills joined the dissent, claiming that the protester should have been allowed to put on evidence relating to her defense.
Position on judicial elections
Justice Mills believes that Mississippians will never abandon its system of judicial elections. "People love elections. It’s like a sporting event."
- Profile of Judge Mills
- State high court reverses $3 million award in influence-peddling case
- The Robing Room- Rate Judge Mills
- Judge Mills's Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
|Federal judicial offices|
|Northern District of Mississippi
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