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Prosecutor disqualified in Scruggs case

U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. disqualified Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Norman from future proceedings involving Zach Scruggs. (May 12, 2011, Page 2)

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    Group protests death penalty

    While their views varied in small detail, those who gathered in front of the Lafayette County Courthouse Tuesday evening to protest the lethal injection killing of convicted killer Benny Joe Stevens, they all shared one common belief that killing another human is wrong, even when it’s called  ”justice.” (May 11, 2011, Page 1)

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      Local officers honored for DUI arrests

      Three Oxford police officers were honored recently for keeping the roads safer by getting drunk drivers off of them.

      The awards were presented April 27 by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and the state Office of Highway Safety to DUI officers David Sabin, Hildon Sessums and Chris Ray. (May 10, 2011, Page 2)

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        Judge considers motions to disqualify prosecutor

        After a full day of testimony and arguments Monday, U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers Jr. said he will take up to 48 hours to rule on whether U.S. Assistant Attorney Bob Norman should be disqualified from testifying at any future hearings involving Zach Scruggs. (May 10, 2011, Page 1)

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          Zach Scruggs asks for father’s return

          Zach Scruggs is asking the U.S. District Court to allow his father, disgraced attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, to return to Oxford so he can testify on his son’s behalf. (May 6, 2011, Page 5A)

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            Sheriff reports looting in Pine Flat

            The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department is patrolling the Pine Flat and Yocona areas in hopes to ward of looters after a tornado last week left dozens of homes unsecured and personal items scattered about yards. (May 4, 2011, Page 2)

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              Former sports media assistant files suit against Ole Miss

              Former Ole Miss sports media assistant Jason D’Abramo claims the University of Mississippi fired him because of a non-sexual relationship with a black female basketball player. D’Abramo filed a lawsuit against Ole Miss on April 26 in the federal court in Oxford. (May 4, 2011, Page 7)

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                State Appeals court upholds church dispute

                The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a judge’s ruling that subdivision covenants will not prevent the Oxford Church of Christ from moving to a new site north of town in the Long Meadow subdivision. (April 28, 2011, Page 8)

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                  Better luck next year

                  Two bills aimed at fighting crime failed to garner enough support to get passed by lawmakers in Jackson during this recently ended legislative session. Both proposed measures were supported by local legislators and law enforcement officials. (April 22, 2011, Page 1A)

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                    Two plead guilty in beating death

                    The last two of four men charged with beating and killing Derald “Pete” Connell have pleaded guilty. Douglas W. Jones, 22, and Justin Eugene Montez, 26, were sentenced  Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for their role in the deadly beating. Also pleading guilty  Wednesday in unrelated cases were Oxford attorney Michael Wall for two counts of cocaine possession and Lou Ann White for beating her husband, Henry White, to death last year. (April 21, 2011, Page 1)

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