Beef plant info requested for state civil trial

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Attorney General Jim Hood wants grand jury testimony from the notorious beef plant scandal prosecutions.
He’s asking the U.S. District Court in Northern Mississippi to offer up the material to help his office in a civil lawsuit versus Facility Construction Management Group Inc.
Co-defendants also include the company’s principals, Robert L. Moultrie, Nixon E. Cawood and Charles K Morehead, who pleaded guilty to criminal charges in 2010.
The civil case is set for trial beginning Dec. 5 in Hinds County.
Friday, the document asking for grand jury testimony and other “government investigative material” said the state needs the documents to prepare for the trial.
Hood said he’s suing the company and the executives on behalf of the Mississippi Land Water Resources Board and the Mississippi Development Authority.
The lawsuit claims the Facility Group defendants committed “improper and/or criminal” acts related to the construction of a Culled Cow Slaughter Facility in Yalobusha County, as well as in procuring contracts to perform services for the beef plant project.
The state complaint was filed Jan. 17, 2007, and amended June 2, 2010. The federal indictment came Feb. 13, 2008.
All three executives served prison time for their guilty pleas.
In the civil proceeding, they are accused of various frauds associated with the project for the failed plant.
Friday’s document claims the state needs the material “to avoid injustice.”
It also says the state has been unable to get the evidence presented to the grand jury through other means.

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