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Mississippi Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd's "investigations" spawn multiple false arrest & corruption suits

Discussion in 'Incidents of Police Abuse, Misconduct, Negligence' started by M, Sep 16, 2013.

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    M Muckraker

    Wish I had time to turn each of these into a thread.

    If you want to see a classic case of "Good Old Boy" corruption, follow the link in this one:

    and use this article as the basis for more Googling:

    http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2013/09/latest_federal_lawsuit_against.html

    The Sheriff is facing 5 lawsuits, some in the $30M - $125M range, for arrests & charges that fizzled. In the process, he managed to put both a neurologist & a heart surgeon out of business. His deputies referred to his investigationes as APE's -- Acute Political Emergencies.
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    M Muckraker

    The good :rolleyes: sheriff was also indicted a couple weeks ago:

    Gulf Live: Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd indicted on 31 counts including embezzlement, fraud, extortion [video] (Aug 30 2013)

    Sheriff Mike Byrd has just been served a 31-count indictment and will face charges of embezzlement, fraud, hindering prosecution, tampering with a witness, perjury and extortion, among others. The sheriff was served his indictment this afternoon at the Ocean Springs Police Department. Ocean Springs Chief Lionel Cothern, Pascagoula Chief Kenny Johnson, Gautier Chief Dante Elbin and Moss Point Chief Keith Davis were all present. Of the 31 counts against Byrd, 29 are felonies and two are misdemeanors. He was charged with 10 counts of embezzlement, 10 counts of fraud, two counts of hindering prosecution in the second degree, two counts of tampering with a witness, one count of perjury, two counts of attempt subornation of perjury, two counts of intimidating an officer in the discharge of his duties and two counts of extortion, according to the 15-page indictment.

    ...

    Byrd, who has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience, is about halfway through his fourth term as sheriff. He first took office in 2000, and he was re-elected in 2011 after easily capturing about 65 percent of the vote against challengers Jeff Barnes and Walter "Bo" Bohl. The sheriff has been battling scandals and strained public trust over the last year, however. Just last week, rumors of his pending resignation swept across the coast, causing print and television media to camp out at his Pascagoula office for days. After several days, his attorney, Joe Sam Owen, announced that the sheriff would not resign his post.


    His next job could be as the poster boy for term-limits for local offices.
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    M Muckraker

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    M Muckraker

    "Ballad of the Uneasy Rider" keeps going through my head but that was set in Jackson (not Jackson County) "Mississippi on a Saturday night".

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