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Ex-school superintendent to be sentenced for bribery

GREENVILLE — Former Greenville schools superintendent Harvey Franklin will be sentenced Nov. 13 for accepting bribes from the seller of a reading program. In an investigation led by the Office of the State Auditor, Franklin pled guilty to a three count information, charging him with conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States; accepting bribes and kickbacks from a ...

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Woman pleads guilty to bribing ex-school superintendent

GREENVILLE — A Georgia businesswoman has pleaded guilty to federal charges of bribing a former superintendent of schools in Greenville in exchange for a contract for her company’s reading program. Edna Goble entered the plea yesterday to one count in federal court in Oxford shortly before her trial was to begin. No sentencing date has been set. She faces a ...

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'King of Torts' has finally abdicated

The legal saga of Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is finally over. The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to hear an appeal from the former attorney who earned the nickname “King of Torts” and amassed a fortune from the tobacco-related lawsuits in the 1990s. Scruggs, who practiced out of Oxford, pleaded guilty to trying to influence a Mississippi judge back in ...

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Ex-Vicksburg mayor to get change-of-plea hearing

VICKSBURG — A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 16 for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield, who is charged in federal court with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. In an order filed yesterday, U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette III scheduled the change of plea hearing for 10:30 a.m. in federal court ...

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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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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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