A financial penalty against a Grenada attorney has been upheld.
The Mississippi Court of Appeals released the court documents which show the Leflore County Circuit Court upheld its judgement that financially sanctioned Grenada Attorney Carlos Moore for failure to appear in court for a medical malpractice mistrial.
The circuit court was presented evidence on Facebook in 2017 to dispute the reasons Moore claims he did not show up to court.
After reviewing evidence, Circuit Court Judge Ashley Hines ordered Moore to pay $27,468 in costs and fees to Greenwood Leflore Hospital.
The hospital was a defendant in a 2014 lawsuit where Moore represented a plaintiff.
In August 2017, Moore filed a motion for a continuance, allegedly claiming he was out of town, saying he notified the parties that the motions will be presented for the hearing on the scheduled trial date. All parties but Moore attended the trial date; however, Moore tells The Delta News he sent an attorney to court in his place. Moore adds he was, in fact, out of town on a prior engagement in Texas, although the hospital alleged that Moore was not out of state.
Meanwhile, Moore tells The Delta News he mailed out a check today to Greenwood-Leflore Hospital for more than $27,000, and says he respects the court's decision on his debt that is now paid.