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PEER releases report on inmates pardoned by Barbour

JACKSON — The Mississippi Parole Board rejected 16 inmates’ requests for freedom before they were given full pardons by former Gov. Haley Barbour during his final days as governor, according to a nonpartisan legislative watchdog group. The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review examined Barbour’s pardons at the request of Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson. Brown released ...

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Council could appeal controversial security guard ordinance

JACKSON — The Jackson City Council could repeal a controversial law requiring convenience stores to hire security guards as soon as next month. The law hasn’t been enforced since the council passed it 4-2 in September, because it doesn’t list any penalties for violating it. Under the law, 24-hour convenience stores have to keep a security guard on duty from ...

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Hood to ask judge to revoke pardons issued by Barbour

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said yesterday he’ll ask a state judge next week to revoke several pardons Haley Barbour issued in his final days as governor, including those for five convicts who worked as trusties at the Governor’s Mansion. Hood said the five former trusties — four of them convicted of murder, one of robbery — failed ...

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Hood warns of scammers using Magic Jack

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Attorney General Jim Hood is warning consumers of a scam that appears to be surfacing in Mississippi. The scam being recently reported to the Attorney General’s Office is a combination of the long-existing “emergency” and “phone spoofing” scams. In the emergency scam, the caller leads you to believe that there is some existing emergency that requires you ...

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Ex-surgeon to be sentenced for drug trafficking

GULFPORT — A Jan. 6 sentencing date has been set for a former Stone County surgeon who has pleaded guilty to selling prescriptions for pain pills and anxiety medication. A federal grand jury indicted 43-year-old Je Song in a 35-count indictment. Song has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. In exchange for his plea, ...

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Keeping the Bar raised

Disbarred. The fall from grace of a number of high-profile ex-attorneys such as Dickie Scruggs and Paul Minor have put that word in numerous headlines of late. Both Scruggs and Minor received felony convictions, which made their disbarment automatic. >>See complete story

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Keeping the Bar raised

Disbarring lawyers not a simple matter Disbarred. The fall from grace of a number of high-profile ex-attorneys such as Dickie Scruggs and Paul Minor have put that word in numerous headlines of late. Both Scruggs and Minor received felony convictions, which made their disbarment automatic. Automatic perhaps, but there is a set of rules and processes that dictate how disbarments ...

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Cellular South urging customers to sign up for AMBER alerts

RIDGELAND — Cellular South, the largest privately owned wireless provider in the U.S., is joining forces with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to encourage mobile phone users in Mississippi to sign up for free wireless AMBER alerts that can help law enforcement safely recover abducted children. The wireless AMBER ...

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Hub City bar owners balk at early closing

HATTIESBURG — It is looking less likely that Hattiesburg will make bars and nightclubs close earlier. The City Council has been discussing whether to mandate a midnight closing time. The city currently lets bars and clubs stay open until 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and midnight Sunday. The Hattiesburg American reports that during a public hearing Dec. 14, several bar ...

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