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Supreme Court refuses to reinstate attorney's license

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court yesterday refused for a second time to reinstate to the practice of law a former attorney disbarred after his conviction of federal conspiracy charges in 2003.

Joe Gregory Stewart was sentenced in 2004 to six months house arrest after pleading guilty to federal charges of being involved in a scheme in which he and Tunica County deputies extorted money from drunk drivers.

Federal prosecutors said Stewart made at least four cash payoffs to arresting officers in exchange for not filing any paperwork or presenting evidence to the court about the drunk drivers.

Stewart pleaded guilty in 2003 to conspiracy to commit extortion.

The Supreme Court turned down an earlier reinstatement petition in 2008.

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