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Bench trial to begin today over land for dusky gopher frog

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge is hearing arguments on the claim that federal wildlife officials made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in Louisiana as critical habitat for an endangered burrowing frog. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman scheduled a bench trial today for the challenge to the U.S. […] [...]

Former DMR manager pleads guilty to embezzlement

BILOXI — A former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources manager has pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges. WLOX-TV reports District Attorney Joel Smith said Tina Shumate admitted to signing false documents related to DMR travel on two separate occasions and receiving money for repayment of expenses that were not actually incurred. Circuit Court Judge Roger T. […] [...]

Wisconsin man pleads guilty to illegal wildlife trapping

ABERDEEN — A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to taking illegally harvested wildlife pelts out of Mississippi. Peter Jesunas, 32, of Shiocton, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate David Sanders in Aberdeen. He was fined $10,000 and ordered not to hunt or trap anywhere worldwide for three years while on probation. He was also ordered […] [...]

Retired judge to oversee Miss. election challenge

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS JACKSON, Mississippi — A retired chancery judge from Lucedale will oversee a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s victory in a Republican primary runoff. The state Supreme Court on Friday appointed retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee to handle the case that state Sen. Chris McDaniel filed Thursday in Jones County. McDaniel […] [...]

McDaniel files challenge to Senate runoff loss to Cochran

ELLISVILLE — A tea party-backed candidate asked a Mississippi court yesterday to declare him the winner of the June 24 Republican runoff against incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran or order a new election. State Sen. Chris McDaniel sued yesterday in state court in his own home of Jones County. The Mississippi Supreme Court will appoint […] [...]

McDaniel to file formal challenge to loss to Cochran in primary

ELLISVILLE — A campaign spokesman said tea party-backed Chris McDaniel will file a lawsuit today to challenge his Republican primary loss to six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. Spokesman Noel Fritsch said yesterday the circuit court lawsuit will be filed in McDaniel’s home of Jones County. Today is the deadline for such a challenge to be […] [...]

Lightning strike forces delay in abortion clinic hearing

JACKSON — Saying a Sunday lightning strike disabled its lawyers’ computers, the state of Mississippi requested and was granted an extra day to ask the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision that struck down a law that would have closed Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. A court clerk approved the extension […] [...]

Tobacco company to pay $750K for contraband trafficking

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Kentucky-based tobacco company that makes Golden Harvest, Millennium and Red Buck cigars will pay $750,000 in restitution and forfeitures after pleading guilty to conspiracy to engage in contraband cigarette trafficking. U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley sentenced Tantus Tobacco of Russell Springs, Kentucky, on Monday. The company will pay $200,000 to the […] [...]

Man sentenced to more than seven years in prison for African Craigslist scam

JACKSON — Federal prosecutors say James Lewis Johnson has been sentenced to 86 months in prison for his role in a Mississippi-based fraud that used stolen financial information to get money and goods and then ship them to South Africa and Nigeria. Johnson was among several people indicted in the case earlier this year. He […] [...]

Ex-Marine Resources chief of staff pleads guilty to misprision

GULFPORT — A former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources employee has pleaded guilty to misprision, or helping conceal a felony. Joe Ziegler entered his plea yesterday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. Federal prosecutors said Ziegler admitted helping conceal a mail fraud scheme by former MDMR Executive Director Bill Walker to divert money intended for […] [...]

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