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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 nixes sports project; says legal woes were non-factor

VICKSBURG — After almost two years of pushing for a sports complex for Vicksburg, Mayor Paul Winfield has shelved the project. Winfield cited deadlines for local bills in the Legislature and “other political dynamics,” such as the city’s municipal elections, as reasons for postponing the project. He told The Vicksburg Post his legal problems, which include pending bribery charges, had ...

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Mayor arrested on federal bribery charges, no details released

VICKSBURG — Mayor Paul Winfield has been arrested on federal bribery charges. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Winfield was arrested in Vicksburg by federal agents. No details of Winfield’s arrest have been released. The 39-yar-old Winfield is being held in the Madison County Detention Center in Canton. No initial court appearance has been announced. He is completing his first term ...

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'Tort King' to have appeal heard in March

OXFORD — Attorneys for Richard F. “Dickie” Scruggs, a noted plaintiff’s lawyer before being snared in a corruption investigation, will argue his innocence March 4 before a federal appeals court. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will hear the case. Scruggs, 66, is free on $2-million bond while he appeals a 2009 guilty plea that he ...

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U.S. Supreme Court weighing appeal of Scruggs, Minor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court will hold a conference Feb. 15 to decide on whether to hear an appeal from Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father, plaintiffs’ lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. The conference will also make a decision in the case of former attorney Paul Minor, who ...

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Attorneys given deadline in medical kickback-bribery case appeal

TUPELO — A federal court has given attorneys for Tupelo businessman Ray Lamont Shoemaker until about Feb. 19 to file briefs in his appeal of a conviction in a kickback-bribery scheme. The 5th U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans said this past week that the government would have 14 days after Shoemaker’s brief is received to file a response. ...

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Minor wants judicial bribery sentence tossed

JACKSON — Imprisoned former attorney Paul Minor has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn his sentence in a Mississippi judicial corruption case. Minor is appealing a decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last August that upheld sentences of Minor and former judges Wes Teel and John Whitfield. Prosecutors say Minor backed loans for the judges in ...

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Ex-MDA employee pleads not guilty to steering contracts

GREENVILLE — A former state employee has waived an arraignment hearing and pleaded not guilty to charges of taking bribes for steering work to a Mound Bayou contractor. Former Mississippi Development Authority worker Connie Lewis, 52, of Jackson faces nine counts of bribery. She’s accused of accepting more than $250,000 from Jimmy Stokes to use her MDA job to steer ...

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Judge grants bond to Scruggs during appeal of bribery conviction

OXFORD — A federal judge says former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs may return home to Oxford on $2 million bond while his attorneys appeal a 2009 bribery conviction. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Senior District Judge Glen Davidson set the bond yesterday for Scruggs, who has been imprisoned in Montgomery, Ala. Scruggs contends that his offer of support to ...

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Judge brings DeLaughter's supervised release to an end

ABERDEEN — Bobby DeLaughter, a former circuit judge caught up in Mississippi’s judicial bribery scandal, is no longer on post-prison supervised release. U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson’s order was filed Tuesday. The government did not oppose DeLaughter’s request. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in July, DeLaughter said he had “successfully completed” more than half of his ...

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