Category Archives: Mississippi Controversy

Three Years Later, Balch Partner’s Criminal Conviction Stings Three Stooges

Three years ago today, Balch-made millionaire and esteemed partner Joel I. Gilbert was convicted on all six-federal charges, including bribery and money laundering. Will Gilbert be reporting to prison soon, now that he has lost his appeal? If Gilbert had reported to prison during his appeal, due to COVID-19, he probably would have been released … Continue reading Three Years Later, Balch Partner’s Criminal Conviction Stings Three Stooges

Pimps of Mississippi: Balch, the Evictor and Collector, Now Processing Housing Assistance

Undoubtedly an absolute conflict of interest. On their website, Balch & Bingham boasts, “Commercial landlords look to Balch for representation in evicting tenants and collecting unpaid rent.” Balch also relishes their collection efforts, writing, “Balch is knowledgeable and experienced in locating assets and using garnishments, sheriff/marshal sales, and other collection tactics to turn a judgment … Continue reading Pimps of Mississippi: Balch, the Evictor and Collector, Now Processing Housing Assistance

Balch and the Mississippi Rental Assistance Flop

What in heaven’s name is Balch, a well-connected but alleged racist law firm, processing housing assistance for homebuyers? Mississippi and its two largest counties received $200 million in federal Covid-19 relief funds to cover back rent, with the aim of preventing evictions, according to NBC News. “But the vast majority of that money has not been spent, … Continue reading Balch and the Mississippi Rental Assistance Flop

Tossed Aside! Mississippi Governor Doesn’t Back Balch Partner

Lucien Smith, a long time Balch & Bingham partner, was replaced as Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party last week. Mississippi Today reports: Lucien Smith on Monday announced he’s stepping down as Mississippi Republican Party chairman, with Gov. Tate Reeves backing Coast businessman Frank Bordeaux to replace him. Numerous Republican sources in July told Mississippi Today … Continue reading Tossed Aside! Mississippi Governor Doesn’t Back Balch Partner

Under FBI Scrutiny, Balch Acknowledges “Billing Error” in Mississippi

Michael Rejebian summarized it best in an article in the Clarion-Ledger posted yesterday, July 24th: “A billing error? We asked about this three years ago,” Rejebian said Friday. “So it begs the question: How many other ‘billing errors’ haven’t they found?” Balch & Bingham is in the middle of an FBI investigation. As the Clarion-Ledger … Continue reading Under FBI Scrutiny, Balch Acknowledges “Billing Error” in Mississippi