Posts Tagged ‘U.S. District Court’

Ex-judge accused of attempting to influence witness

JACKSON — A former Mississippi judge has been accused of witness tampering in documents filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson. The federal information filed in June alleges former Chancery Judge Joe Dale Walker “knowingly and intentionally attempted to corruptly influence a witness subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury.” The document also alleges […] [...]

Judge Brown’s investiture to be held in Greenville

GREENVILLE — An investiture ceremony will be held for U.S. District Judge Debra M. Brown on June 20 in Greenville. The ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Washington County Convention Center. Brown is the first African American woman to serve as a federal judge in Mississippi. She presides over cases in the Northern […] [...]

Aycock named chief federal judge in north Mississippi

OXFORD — U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock is the new chief judge for the federal court in north Mississippi. She succeeds U.S. District Judge Michael Mills whose seven-year term as the court’s leader ended this past week. Mills will continue to serve on the court. The northern district court is headquartered in Oxford. It is […] [...]

NOAA Fisheries cuts two days off red snapper season

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal fisheries officials have cut this year’s recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico from 11 days to nine days, starting June 1. NOAA Fisheries spokeswoman Kim Amendola says the change was needed because Louisiana opened state waters year-round after the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council cut the […] [...]

Coast man gets prison time for counterfeiting

WAVELAND — A 39-year-old Waveland man has been sentenced to 33 months in prison on charges of making and passing counterfeit money. Federal prosecutors say in a news release that Alton Emerson Morgan was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. He also was sentenced to three years’ supervised probation and to pay $760 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Dutschke faces sentencing for sending ricin-laced letters

ABERDEEN — A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials is being sentenced in Aberdeen. James Everett Dutschke will be sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock. The 42-year-old Tupelo man also pleaded guilty in January to sending the […] [...]

Student files contempt motion over school prayer

BRANDON — A student supported by an atheist group says the Rankin County school district is still violating a ban on school prayer. The senior at Northwest Rankin High School, represented by the American Humanist Association, filed a contempt motion yesterday in U.S. District Court in Jackson. The student says an April 17 districtwide honors […] [...]

Sentencing for man who sent ricin-laced letters moved to Oxford

OXFORD — The May 14 sentencing for James Everett Dutschke has been moved to Oxford from Aberdeen. The order was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court clerk’s office. No explanation for the change was included with the order. Judge Sharion Aycock will preside over the 10:30 a.m. sentencing. The 42-year-old Tupelo man pleaded guilty […] [...]

Ex-city manager to be sentenced next month for corruption

D’IBERVILLE — Former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus will be sentenced on June 24 in Hattiesburg before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett. The government did not object to Janus’ request for a 30-day continuance for the sentencing. On Friday Janus’ attorneys asked that the sentencing be delayed to provide time to resolve sentencing issues. His […] [...]

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