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Port road could be delayed after judge revokes permit

GULFPORT — Construction could be delayed for a road connecting the Mississippi State Port of Gulfport to Interstate 10. The Sun Herald reports a federal judge has revoked the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s federal permit to build the northern end of the road. MDOT had planned to create a conservation area by using 1,600 acres near the interstate, as a ...

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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 upholds jury verdict in race discrimination case

GREENWOOD — A federal judge has upheld a jury’s $82,000 award to a white attorney who claimed he was fired by the Greenwood Leflore Hospital’s majority-black board because of his race. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock’s ruling says jurors had sufficient evidence to conclude in April that race was a motivating factor in the board’s decision to fire George Dulin. ...

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Federal panel approves state's redistricting plan

JACKSON — Three federal judges say they won’t redraw Mississippi’s legislative districts or order the state to hold a new round of elections in 2013. The order came yesterday in a lawsuit that the state chapter of the NAACP had filed earlier to challenge state House and Senate redistricting. Legislative maps have to be updated once a decade to account ...

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Former tax service owner's conviction upheld

HOLLANDALE — The conviction of the owner of a Mississippi income tax service has been upheld by a federal appeals court. Mary Wesley of Hollandale was convicted in 2011 of filing doctored tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to repay $5.5 million. Wesley was convicted of one count of ...

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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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Two defendants to be arraigned in surplus property case

BASSFIELD — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says two individuals turned themselves in to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office last Tuesday following multiple count indictments. These indictments are a result of the investigation into surplus property purchased by the City of Bassfield and converted to personal use. Brenda Saulters and Billy Matthews were booked on the charges false pretenses, embezzlement and ...

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