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Judge rules in favor of Diaz

JACKSON — A federal judge has ruled that former U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton does not have immunity from a lawsuit filed against him by former Mississippi Supreme Court Judge Oliver Diaz Jr.

Diaz and his wife, Jennifer, have accused Dunn Lampton of invading their privacy and disclosing confidential information.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan found that a criminal investigation of Diaz had ended and Lampton was acting outside the scope of his job when the alleged misdeeds occurred. Lampton’s office prosecuted Diaz in 2003 on charges he was bribed while serving on the Supreme Court.

A jury acquitted Diaz, who returned to the Supreme Court bench. The suit alleges that Lampton improperly turned over the couple’s tax records to the state Judicial Performance Commission.

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