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Lack of state-funded public defender at core of ACLU lawsuit

SCOTT COUNTY — In 1997, the Mississippi Legislature’s reluctance to finance a statewide public defender system prompted then-Gov. Kirk Fordice to recommend fashioning a payment plan to encourage private lawyers to handle death penalty cases — the main concern at that time. Fordice proposed increasing the hourly rate paid to attorneys appointed to such cases and tie the payment plan ...

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Doctor convicted of using phony church for tax shelter

PASS CHRISTIAN — A Pass Christian doctor has been convicted of tax evasion for using a phony church as a tax shelter. Timothy Dale Jackson, a 50-year-old orthopedic physician, has been found guilty on four counts of felony tax evasion and one count of obstruction of the due administration of the internal revenue laws. Prosecutors say Jackson funneled his income ...

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Ex-Delta mayor indicted, accused of stealing city property

MOUND BAYOU — Mound Bayou’s former mayor has been indicted on charges that he stole city property and used it in his restaurant. The Bolivar County sheriff’s office said Kennedy Johnson turned himself in Thursday on the three-count embezzlement indictment and is free on $15,000 bond. Sheriff’s officials said Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. Johnson faces up to ...

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Ex-Canton alderman gets 66 months for accepting bribe

CANTON — A former Canton alderman has been sentenced to 66 months in prison on a bribery conviction. Fifty-eight-year-old Calvin Louis Smith was indicted in April and charged with one count of bribery involving federal programs. The indictment says he sought bribes valued at more than $5,000 from May to October in 2012 in connection with a series of transactions ...

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Court of Appeals rules Rep. Aldridge must repay aunt

TUPELO — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has let stand its ruling that state Rep. Brian Aldridge pay more than $200,000 to his aunt, whose estate was plundered by his father. The Appeals Court yesterday denied Aldridge’s motion to look again at the case. In March, the Appeals Court upheld a 2012 ruling by Lee County judge who ordered Aldridge ...

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Woman found guilty of murder in buttocks injection case

JACKSON — A Mississippi woman has been convicted of murder in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to a Georgia woman’s death. The state attorney general’s office said in a statement that a jury deliberated about five hours before finding Tracy Lynn Garner, 54, guilty of depraved-heart murder and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the 2012 death ...

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Woman loses appeal of embezzlement/wire fraud conviction

OXFORD — A federal appeals panel has upheld the eight-year sentence given a Mississippi woman for embezzlement by wire fraud from companies based in Tennessee and Oklahoma. Kimberly Cray Burk also was ordered last year to pay $1.4 million restitution to Mid-South Maintenance Inc. of Memphis, Tennessee, and two Oklahoma companies run by its president and majority stockholder. Burk had ...

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Attorneys of woman accused of fatal buttocks injections look to undermine testimony

JACKSON — Defense attorneys for a woman accused of killing a Georgia woman in 2012 through illicit silicone buttocks injections tried yesterday to undermine the testimony of the lead investigator, who acknowledged under cross-examination that investigators have not matched silicone seized from the defendant’s house to that found in the victim’s body. Defense lawyer John Colette also cited information provided ...

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Ex-state employees, illegal alien plead guilty to identity theft

HATTIESBURG — Two former Mississippi Department of Public Safety employees and a man have pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit identity theft. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, in a news release, said 48-year-old Yolanda Jean Perkins and 33-year-old Lorena Gomez, both of Laurel, and 32-year-old Jose Martel Rivera, a Mexican native living in the country illegally, all ...

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Federal charges dropped against Shumate after guilty plea

GULFPORT — Federal prosecutors, apparently satisfied with a guilty plea in state court, dropped charges yesterday against a former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources manager. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Rushing made the filing in federal court in Gulfport to dismiss the indictment on conspiracy and fraud charges, and U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett signed it, giving as a reason that ...

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