Friday, August 22, 2008

Tragedy Leads To Litigation

The tragic death of a 10 year old child in the crash of a private plane led to a case decided today by the Mississippi Supreme Court. The child lived with her mother in Wichita Falls, Texas. Her schooling and closest friends were in Texas. After the plane crash (which took place in Mississippi in connection with a visit) the father had the funeral and burial in Mississippi. The mother was the sole survivor of the plane crash and had been seriously injured. She protested to the extent that she was able to no avail. There was no prior Mississippi case on point, but the court considered the close ties of the child to Texas and the difficulty of the mother in visiting the grave. The court reversed the trial court ruling, ordering disinterment and burial in Texas. (Mike Frisch)

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