Attorney General Jim Hood told the Mississippi Supreme Court in written documents Tuesday that Gov. Haley Barbour misinterpreted state law and erred in setting a Nov. 4 special election date to fill the unexpired term of former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott.
At issue before the Supreme Court is the timing of the special election.
Barbour’s attorneys filed their brief Friday in the lawsuit. Barbour asked for a hearing before the court; Hood did not.
The Supreme Court has not ruled on Barbour’s request. It could settle the dispute without hearing oral arguments.
Hood, a Democrat, contends that Barbour, a Republican, should have set the special election much sooner than this year’s general election. Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter ruled in favor of Hood last week.