Posts Tagged ‘law’

Man indicted for burglary in Rose Cochran photo scandal

MADISON — The man accused of taking illicit photographs of the bedridden wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has been indicted on burglary charges. Clayton Kelly was served yesterday with an indictment charging him with one count each of burglary, attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, said Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest. Kelly’s […] [...]

Supreme Court hear agruments in McDaniel’s challenge to Cochran loss (UPDATE)

JACKSON — Attorneys for a tea party-supported candidate are trying to persuade the Mississippi Supreme Court to revive a lawsuit that challenges his Republican primary loss to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran. But Cochran’s attorneys say state Sen. Chris McDaniel waited too long to try to overturn Cochran’s June 24 victory. Justices heard nearly two hours […] [...]

Ex-Greenville parks leader pleads guilty to embezzlement

GREENVILLE — A former director of the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department has pleaded guilty to an embezzlement charge. State Auditor Stacey Pickering said yesterday that Yvette Yeager will be sentenced next week. Yeager was accused of embezzling $85,155 from the City of Greenville from October 2007 through September 2012. Pickering says the investigation began […] [...]

Ex-circuit clerk Palmertree gets 10 years for embezzlement

VICKSBURG — A former Warren County circuit clerk has been sentenced for embezzlement while in office, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Shelly Palmertree was sentenced today after pleading guilty before Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey. Lackey sentenced Palmertree to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five to serve, five […] [...]

Another school district joins Musgrove-led MAEP funding lawsuit

SUNFLOWER COUNTY — The Sunflower County school district is joining a lawsuit against the state, seeking to recover a shortfall in education funding and bar future underfunding. There are now 21 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Sunflower County, created by a merger of the Sunflower County, Indianola and Drew districts, […] [...]

Lack of state-funded public defender at core of ACLU lawsuit

SCOTT COUNTY — In 1997, the Mississippi Legislature’s reluctance to finance a statewide public defender system prompted then-Gov. Kirk Fordice to recommend fashioning a payment plan to encourage private lawyers to handle death penalty cases — the main concern at that time. Fordice proposed increasing the hourly rate paid to attorneys appointed to such cases […] [...]

Ex-baliff wants pay or her job back after termination

TUPELO — A former Tupelo municipal court bailiff wants five years of future pay or to return to her job. Last week, a federal court jury awarded Latisha Mitchell $65,000 in damages against the city for discrimination. The jury found the city had mishandled her employment after she was injured on the job and later […] [...]

Drew Brees settles lawsuit alleging investment fraud

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has settled a lawsuit with a former teammate who allegedly advising him to invest $160,000 in tax credits that turned out to be bogus, court records show. The suit filed on Brees’ behalf in federal court in 2013 alleged former Saints long snapper Kevin Houser, a […] [...]

Doctor convicted of using phony church for tax shelter

PASS CHRISTIAN — A Pass Christian doctor has been convicted of tax evasion for using a phony church as a tax shelter. Timothy Dale Jackson, a 50-year-old orthopedic physician, has been found guilty on four counts of felony tax evasion and one count of obstruction of the due administration of the internal revenue laws. Prosecutors […] [...]

Ex-Delta mayor indicted, accused of stealing city property

MOUND BAYOU — Mound Bayou’s former mayor has been indicted on charges that he stole city property and used it in his restaurant. The Bolivar County sheriff’s office said Kennedy Johnson turned himself in Thursday on the three-count embezzlement indictment and is free on $15,000 bond. Sheriff’s officials said Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned […] [...]

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