Posts Tagged ‘FBI’

Court of Appeals upholds judge’s tossing of defamation case over book

JACKSON — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has agreed with a judge’s rejection of defamation claims that an FBI agent made in a lawsuit against authors of a book about a judicial bribery case. The appeals court issued its ruling Tuesday. In December 2010, FBI agent Hal Neilson sued authors Tom Dawson and Alan Lange […] [...]

The next transition — Phil Hardwick leaving the Stennis Institute

Few people can match Phil Hardwick’s resume when it comes to diversity. Over his career, Hardwick has been a clerk, soldier, law enforcement officer, investigator, real estate consultant, author/columnist, community and economic developer and educator/trainer. On Sept. 1, Hardwick will begin yet another chapter in his eclectic career after stepping down as coordinator of capacity […] [...]

Ricin letter suspect stuns court, withdraws guilty plea

ABERDEEN — James Everett Dutschke is not going easily. The Mississippi man who pleaded guilty in January to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others changed his mind yesterday, asking a judge to withdraw his plea just before sentencing. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock did not rule immediately on the request, telling the […] [...]

Businessman seeks separate trial on corruption charges

D’IBERVILLE — A south Mississippi businessman wants a separate trial on corruption charges, saying he could be incriminated by a statement his co-defendant made to the FBI. Scott Walker and former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus are charged in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg with fraudulently using D’Iberville money. The Sun Herald reports that Walker […] [...]

Ex-mayor to be sentenced for bribery; faces up to 10 years in prison

VICKSBURG — Former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield is scheduled for sentencing today in a federal bribery case. Winfield pleaded guilty Sept. 16 in U.S. District Court in Natchez. He faces up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors say he sought $10,000 in exchange for a city contract. Winfield, a Democrat, completed his first term as […] [...]

Coast newspaper’s request for DMR records hits new snag

BILOXI — Records that a Mississippi judge said a newspaper has a right to review have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury. A Harrison County judge last week ordered the state auditor and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to make the records available to The Sun Herald. That Gulf Coast newspaper is reporting […] [...]

BP asks judge again to suspend oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — BP yesterday renewed its request for a federal judge to temporarily suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses following its massive 2010 oil spill, citing a scathing report on alleged misconduct within the court-supervised program. In a court filing, BP attorneys said the report issued earlier this month by former […] [...]

Ex-Vicksburg mayor to get change-of-plea hearing

VICKSBURG — A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 16 for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield, who is charged in federal court with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. In an order filed yesterday, U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette III scheduled the change of plea hearing for […] [...]

Judge refuses to suspend oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has rejected BP’s latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s order today says an internal probe by […] [...]

Ex-mayor’s lawyer petitions judge for more time in bribery trial

VICKSBURG — An attorney has asked federal judge to reschedule the bribery trial of former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield. The trial had been scheduled for Sept. 30, but was recently changed to Sept. 23. Winfield’s lawyer, Dennis Sweet, said in a court filing Monday that he has another engagement and wants the trial moved back […] [...]

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