Posts Tagged ‘U.S. District Court’

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 […] [...]

Ex-city manager asks for delay in sentencing for corruption

D’IBERVILLE — Former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus has asked to have his sentencing on federal corruption charges put off for 30 days. Janus’ lawyer, Cliff Johnson, filed a motion for the delay Friday in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors don’t oppose the delay in sentencing, which had been set for tomorrow. Johnson wrote that Janus […] [...]

Man indicted, accused of bankruptcy fraud

JACKSON — A Jackson man was indicted Wednesday on charges that he defrauded his bankrupt business of more than $9 million. William “Butch” Dickson faces charges in U.S. District Court in Jackson. The 58-year-old is being held without bond in Mississippi, and a court appearance was set for Tuesday. Federal prosecutors say that after Dickson’s […] [...]

Fight between county, insurer over courthouse fire continues

ABERDEEN — A dispute over how much an insurance company owes Webster County for its burned courthouse has moved into federal court. The Webster County Board of Supervisors and Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co. have sued each other, with two separate cases now pending in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen. Officials have said an electrical short […] [...]

Attorney pleads guilty to defrauding two banks, court

BILOXI — A Coast attorney has pleaded guilty covering up evidence connected to a scheme to defraud two banks and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The government says in a news release that it is seeking restitution on behalf of the victims in the amount of $7.7 million. Stephen Richard Colson entered the plea in U.S. […] [...]

Judge to weigh Hood’s credit card issuer lawsuit

JACKSON — A federal judge in Mississippi has been ordered to decide if Attorney General Jim Hood’s lawsuit against six credit card issuers should remain in U.S. District Court in Jackson. If the judge rules there is no federal issue to resolve, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the […] [...]

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