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State says it will seek other uses for just-closed prison

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Mississippi’s prison system says it will seek some other use for the just-closed Walnut Grove Correctional Facility. The facility had been run by private companies — most recently Utah-based Management and Training Corp. — but is owned by a public authority. Bond documents issued in July show the state still owes almost $94 million that was borrowed to build and ...

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Former Forrest Co. sheriff’s chief deputy terminated

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Former Forrest County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Charles Bolton has been officially terminated from office. County Administrator Betty Carlisle told the Hattiesburg American Monday Bolton’s termination was effective Thursday, the day after Bolton and his wife, Linda Bolton, each were found guilty of five counts of filing false tax returns. Charles Bolton also was found guilty on four counts of ...

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Ex-DMR director wants more time before sentencing for corruption

BILOXI — The former head of Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources has joined his son and another defendant in asking a federal judge to hold off sentencing him on corruption charges. Bill Walker is scheduled for sentencing June 5 but wants a six-week delay. The motion indicates federal prosecutors don’t oppose the postponement to resolve sentencing issues. Walker and his ...

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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 and prosecutors are discussing sentencing ...

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Businessman seeks separate trial on corruption charges

D’IBERVILLE — A south Mississippi businessman wants a separate trial on corruption charges, saying he could be incriminated by a statement his co-defendant made to the FBI. Scott Walker and former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus are charged in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg with fraudulently using D’Iberville money. The Sun Herald reports that Walker wants a separate trial. Walker’s ...

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Indictments handed out in MDMR corruption case

BILOXI — The former director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son and two others have been indicted on federal corruption charges involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money. That federal indictment — and another involving a former city manager in south Mississippi — were unsealed yesterday, not long after five former MDMR employees were indicted ...

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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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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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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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Scruggs asking appeals court to overturn bribery conviction

NEW ORLEANS — Former Mississippi attorney Zach Scruggs is asking the federal appeals court in New Orleans to overturn his 2008 guilty plea in a judicial bribery case that also involved his father. Scruggs’ attorney and prosecutors will each have 30 minutes today before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal. He spent 14 months in prison, lost his law ...

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