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Mayor wants summary judgement in election lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — Mayor Johnny DuPree has asked specially appointed Judge William Coleman to issue a summary judgment in his favor in a lawsuit filed by mayoral candidate Dave Ware regarding the June 4 municipal election.

The Hattiesburg American reports the motion — filed Monday — states that if Ware’s allegations of voters casting illegal ballots and the mishandling of election materials were true, it would not change the outcome in Ware’s favor. If 39 ballots contested by Ware were thrown out, the motion argues it would shrink DuPree’s margin of victory from 37 votes to four.

Coleman will rule on the motions made by DuPree’s and Ware’s attorneys in a hearing Monday. The trial is set to convene Tuesday in Forrest County Circuit Court.

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