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Woman loses appeal of embezzlement/wire fraud conviction

OXFORD — A federal appeals panel has upheld the eight-year sentence given a Mississippi woman for embezzlement by wire fraud from companies based in Tennessee and Oklahoma. Kimberly Cray Burk also was ordered last year to pay $1.4 million restitution to Mid-South Maintenance Inc. of Memphis, Tennessee, and two Oklahoma companies run by its president and majority stockholder. Burk had ...

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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 yesterday, giving the state until ...

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Ladner appeals conviction for Katrina cleanup kickback

BAY ST. LOUIS — A former Hancock County road department manager is appealing a Mississippi judge’s refusal to throw out his conviction in a Hurricane Katrina kickback case. Roger Ladner, the former road manager, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2012. Ladner also was ordered to pay $1.13 million in restitution. Ladner’s wife and his two brothers were ...

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Appeals panel rules against Pugh in bail bond lawsuit

JACKSON COUNTY — A federal appeals panel has upheld a ruling that Mississippi sheriffs are authorized to decide who will — or won’t — write bail bonds in their counties. The ruling came last week from a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The ruling upheld a decision by a Mississippi federal judge ...

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High Court declines to hear Equifax's appeal of state tax ruling

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said today that it won’t hear an appeal from credit bureau Equifax Inc. involving what it considered an adverse tax ruling in Mississippi. The appeal was a reaction to a 2013 Mississippi Supreme Court decision that Equifax had to prove that it didn’t earn any taxable income in the state. The state Department of ...

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Appeals Court upholds attorney's discrimination award

GREENWOOD — A federal appeals court has upheld an $82,000 award to a white attorney who argued he was a victim of discrimination by the black-majority Greenwood Leflore Hospital board. George Dulin argued he was pushed out of his job as the hospital board’s attorney in 2006 because of his race. He was awarded $82,000 by a federal jury in ...

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Judge: Owners of Macondo well cannot avoid oil spill fines

NEW ORLEANS — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company’s failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. It upheld a 2012 ...

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Dutschke gets 25 years for sending ricin-laced letters

ABERDEEN — A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to sending letters dusted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison. James Everett Dutschke was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen after telling the judge May 13 that he had changed his mind about wanting to withdraw ...

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Ex-Delta housing authority leader's conviction upheld

GREENVILLE — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority and her 32-month prison sentence. The ruling was issued yesterday by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Ann Jefferson was convicted in 2012 in federal court in Aberdeen of embezzlement, ...

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