Supreme Court upholds 60-year drug sentence
n JACKSON – The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the drug-dealing conviction of a Lowndes County man.
The state Court of Appeals had overturned Terry Dora’s 60-year sentence and $2 million fine last year after finding a prosecutor made improper remarks during his 2004 trial.
The high court said in a recent 5-4 decision that the prosecutor did not suggest Dora’s failure to testify indicated guilt, something forbidden by the U.S. Constitution.
The 29-year-old was arrested in 2001 after Columbus police found him with 36 grams of crack cocaine.
Dora will serve the entire 60-year sentence as a habitual offender.
4th human West Nile case reported in state
n JACKSON – A human case of the West Nile Virus has been reported in Madison County, the fourth case of the mosquito-borne disease reported by the Mississippi State Health Department this year.
Previously reported cases were in Lincoln, Forrest and Madison counties. The health agency reports both confirmed and probable cases of the disease.
Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.
Infection can cause encephalitis or meningitis in a small number of people. Those illnesses can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.
Mayors balk at proposal to charge for inmates
n HERNANDO – Mayors in DeSoto County are objecting to a proposal to charge their cities $20 a day plus medical expenses to house inmates in the county jail.
In a report issued Friday, a jail committee established by the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors recommended that each city be required to pay the fee beginning Oct. 1.
Mayors in the county, except for Olive Branch, took issue with the plan, arguing that county taxes paid by city residents help pay for operation of the county jail.
Supervisors contend the charges are warranted because the county isn’t required by state law to house prisoners for municipal police departments in the county jail.