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Warden who lives hundreds of miles from jail resigns

CORINTH — A lobbyist for a private prison company is resigning as warden of the Alcorn County jail in northeast Mississippi, a job he held while living more than 200 miles away in the Jackson suburb of Madison. Irb Benjamin told Alcorn County supervisors he will step down Dec. 1. That action came several days after two inmates escaped from ...

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Ex-Cochran aide involved with Abramoff kicked out of halfway house

WASHINGTON — A former aide to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) convicted in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal must spend 15 weekends in jail after getting kicked out of her halfway house for bringing in a steak knife. Ann Copland’s attorney told the judge who sentenced her yesterday that she mistakenly left the knife and a fork in her purse. He ...

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Ex-lobbyist details how he bilked Choctaws for $20M

PHILADELPHIA — Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff writes in his new book that he spent $20 million from the Choctaw Indians in Mississippi to defeat gambling expansion in Alabama because it would compete with the Choctaws’ casinos. Abramoff writes that he funneled the money from the Choctaw tribe through nonprofit groups over a five-year period to oppose Gov. Don Siegelman’s lottery ...

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Madison Co. lobbyist paid $75K annually to lobby Washington

CANTON — Madison County has expanded the duties of its lobbyist to include presenting local issues to the Mississippi Legislature. The Clarion-Ledger reports that the board of supervisors voted 4-1 Monday for a six-month contract for Jackson lawyer Steve Seale to push for local issues before state officials. He has been paid $75,000 annually to lobby in Washington, D.C. Seale, ...

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