Ex-Rebel Strong takes advice, files new writ for jail release

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

GREENVILLE – Former Ole Miss linebacker Eddie Strong is back with a federal court filing asking to get out of the Washington County Jail.
In a 26-page petition posted Thursday on the court’s Internet document system, Strong repeats claims he made in May that he is being denied bail because his ex-girlfriend has friends in the district attorney’s office.
Strong was arrested July 28, 2010, on kidnapping and aggravated domestic violence charges.
He’s been in jail ever since on $250,000 bond and hasn’t gone to trial yet.
Last May, he petitioned the U.S. District Court to set him free and pay him damages for what he termed “unjust” conditions.
But Judge W. Allen Pepper threw out his petition, saying Strong should use the “habeas corpus” approach instead.
Habeas corpus is a legal writ used to get someone into court, often to ensure the imprisonment is not illegal.
That’s what Strong is doing now, claiming false imprisonment, cruel and unusual punishment, mental distress and that his life is in danger as a former law enforcement officer.
He tells the court that he’d like release for time served with his “career still intact.”
Strong holds a criminal justice degree from the University of Mississippi and was a standout linebacker, drafted by the New York Giant in 2003.
He was a Greenville police officer when he was arrested.

Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com.