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Scruggs wants conviction overturned

Former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs asked a federal court Thursday to throw out his conviction in the judicial corruption case involving former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter. Scruggs claims he is innocent of the crime to which he pleaded guilty to in February 2009 based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision. (June 24, 2011, Page 1A)

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    Scruggs files to vacate conviction

    Richard “Dickie” Scruggs filed a motion Thursday to vacate his conviction and sentence in the judicial bribery case involving former Hinds Circuit Court Judge Bobby Delaughter, despite the fact he pleaded guilty to the crime in 2009. The case is often referred to as “Scruggs II,” since Scruggs was previously convicted of trying to bribe retired Lafayette Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey in an unrelated case, dubbed “Scruggs I.”

    Read Friday’s Oxford EAGLE for the complete story. (June 23, 2011)

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      UPD gets new look to vehicles

      University of Mississippi Police Department spruces up its vehicles in an effort to be move visible on campus. (June 20, 2011, Page 1)

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        Adams one step closer to U.S. Attorney position

        Felicia Adams is one step closer to being appointed as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi after a Senate Judicial Committee approved her appointment. (June 10, 2011, Page 2A)

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          City Grocery manager held at gunpoint

          City Grocery assistant manager Terry Moon reported he was held at gunpoint Saturday night on his way home. (May 31, 2011, Page 2)

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            Businessman will spend day in jail

            Former Oxford businessman Dino Jerry Grisanti was sentenced Thursday to spend one day in jail and pay a $7,500 fine after he pleaded guilty in October to a $2 million bank fraud scheme. (May 27, 2011, Page 2A)

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              Crime on the decline

              Preliminary FBI figures for 2010 show crime is down from 2009 across the nation. Oxford seems to be following a similar trend. (May 25, 2011, Page 1)

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                Balducci testifies at judicial bribery hearing

                The man who got the ball rolling that would eventually knock down several local attorneys testified for more than four hours Monday at the hearing where former attorney Zach Scruggs’ hopes to clear his name

                The hearing is expected to last several days. (May 24, 2011, Page 1)

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                  Corrothers gets death

                  A 12-person jury decided Friday Caleb Corrothers should “suffer death” for shooting and killing father and son, Frank and Taylor Clark, in July 2009. The jury had the choice of sentencing Corrothers to the death penalty of life in prison without parole. (May 23, 2011, Page 1)

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                    Jury sends Corrothers to death row

                    Blog: A female juror openly wept as Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth read the jury’s verdict sentencing Caleb Corrothers to the death sentence.

                    Corrothers was convicted Thursday night of killing Frank and Taylor Clark and wounding Tonya Clark in July 2009 in the Clark’s home off Bell River Road.

                    Corrothers was out on parole for six weeks when he killed the Clarks, apparently over drugs and money. He has served 10 years in prison on four counts of armed robbery.

                    Defense attorneys tried to convince the jury that Corrothers’ bad childhood, living in poverty and without a father figure, set him on a path that led him to the courtroom facing the death penalty. The state told the jury it was just excuses and that Corrothers should be held responsible for the choices he’s made. (May 20, 2011)

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