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Guilty plea expected in shipping fraud case

BILOXI — A man intends to plead guilty Wednesday as part of the fraud investigation of a shipping company in south Mississippi, federal court records say. Married couple Dustin Lee Griswold and Jennifer Griswold were indicted May 14 on charges related to their business, Harmoni Shipping in Biloxi. U.S. District Judge Walter Gex III in Gulfport scheduled the plea hearing ...

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Judge postpones ex-mayor's bribery trial

VICKSBURG — A federal judge has postponed a trial for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield on charges he sought $10,000 in cash in exchange for awarding a city contract. Paul Winfield’s trial was scheduled to start tomorrow in Natchez. On Friday, however, U.S. District Judge David Bramlette delayed it until Sept. 30 to give prosecutors and defense attorneys more time ...

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Mayoral candidates murder trial to move forward

CLARKSDALE — A Mississippi judge has allowed prosecutors to proceed with their case against a man charged in the death of Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian. The Press Register reports that Circuit Court Judge Charles Webster heard details of the investigation during a preliminary hearing for McMillian’s alleged killer, Lawrence Reed. Sheriff’s office investigator Marene Jones said phone records indicate ...

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Senate committee okays Brown for federal judgeship

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Jackson attorney Debra Brown in a federal judgeship in north Mississippi. The committee met today in Washington. The nomination now goes to the full Senate for confirmation. President Barack Obama nominated Brown in May. The judgeship presides over court in Greenville. If confirmed, Brown would become the state’s ...

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Confusion on jury vote leads to mistrial in mayoral election lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — After seven days of court proceedings surrounding a lawsuit contesting the results of the June 4 Hattiesburg mayor’s election, it all ended yesterday in a mistrial and Johnny DuPree remains the city’s top executive. When the jury first returned a verdict, only eight jurors could find for Dave Ware, while four backed DuPree’s case. Judge William F. Coleman ...

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Ex-office manager gets five years for embezzlement

CORINTH — A Biggersville woman has been sentenced to serve five years in prison for embezzling $144,000 while serving as a medical office manager. The Daily Corinthian reports that Donna Trim pleaded guilty last November to two counts of embezzlement from Corinth Medical Specialists where she worked. Yesterday, Alcorn County Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner III sentenced Trim to 10 years ...

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Ex-mayor's attorney asks for more time in kickback trial

VICKSBURG — A lawyer for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield has asked a federal judge to postpone his trial because negotiations are ongoing with prosecutors to resolve the case. Winfield is charged in U.S. District Court in Jackson with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. He has pleaded not guilty. Attorney Terris Harris mentioned the negotiations ...

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Halliburton to plead guilty to obstruction in oil spill investigation

NEW ORLEANS — Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Department of Justice said yesterday. Federal officials said in a news release that a criminal information charging Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed in federal court in Louisiana. Halliburton has agreed to pay ...

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