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Judge postpones ex-mayor's bribery trial

VICKSBURG — A federal judge has postponed a trial for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield on charges he sought $10,000 in cash in exchange for awarding a city contract. Paul Winfield’s trial was scheduled to start tomorrow in Natchez. On Friday, however, U.S. District Judge David Bramlette delayed it until Sept. 30 to give prosecutors and defense attorneys more time ...

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Alderman arrested on federal bribery charges

CANTON — A Canton alderman is facing bribery charges. Louis Smith was arraigned in federal court in Jackson yesterday, entering a not guity plea, The Clarion-Ledger reports. Smith was arrested Wednesday. Unofficial results show the 56-year-old, three-term alderman lost his Democratic primary re-election bid Tuesday in Canton. He faces one felony count of bribery, which carries a maximum 10-year prison ...

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Mayor's federal bribery trial delayed

VICKSBURG — A federal judge has agreed to reschedule Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield’s trial on a federal bribery charge. Winfield is charged with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. He has pleaded not guilty. A judge this week granted a delay so Winfield’s lawyer has more time to review evidence in the case. Winfield’s trial is ...

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Mayor asks for delay in bribery trial to review evidence

VICKSBURG — A lawyer for Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield has asked a federal judge to delay his trial on a federal bribery charge. Winfield is charged with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. He has pleaded not guilty. The trial is scheduled for June 3. Winfield’s lawyer says in a court filing that he needs more ...

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Ex-attorney granted request to return to prison

OXFORD — A judge has granted the request by disbarred Mississippi attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs to return to federal prison to resume serving his sentence on a judicial corruption conviction. Scruggs has been free on $2 million bond since December while appealing the 2009 conviction, but a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected his ...

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Disbarred lawyer asks to return to prison pending appeal

OXFORD — Disbarred Mississippi attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs wants to return to federal prison pending an appeal of a judicial corruption conviction. Scruggs has been free on $2 million bond since December while appealing the 2009 conviction, but a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected his arguments. In a court filing Friday, Scruggs’ lawyer ...

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Ex-county administrator asks for trial reschedule, missed deadline

BATESVILLE — Former Panola County administrator David Chandler has asked a judge to give him more time to appeal his guilty plea to charges in an alleged kickback scheme at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. However, the deadline for Chandler to file an appeal passed two weeks ago. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Chandler’s attorney says new court documents ...

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Trial of businessman accused of bribing educator rescheduled

GREENVILLE — The trial of a Georgia businesswoman on federal charges of paying bribes to a former superintendent of schools in Greenville has been rescheduled for July 22. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Marshall Alexander tells the Delta Democrat Times the defense needed more time to prepare for trial. Alexander says Edna Goble’s trial had been set for Monday in U.S. ...

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Mayor enters plea in federal bribery case

VICKSBURG — Mayor Paul Winfield pleaded not guilty yesterday to a federal bribery charge that accuses him of seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. Winfield, wearing a dark suit and red tie, said little during his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Jackson other than to give short answers to the judge’s questions. The last time ...

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Mayor indicted on federal bribery charge

VICKSBURG —Mayor Paul Winfield has been indicted on a federal bribery charge. Federal court records show that Winfield was indicted Tuesday. He had already been charged in a criminal complaint in the case. The FBI arrested Winfield on Feb. 20. He pleaded not guilty the next day in U.S. District Court in Jackson and was released on a $10,000 bond. ...

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