HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Longtime Hattiesburg attorney Billy Newman says it’s hard to guess what will happen next in the courtroom challenge to Hattiesburg’s election for mayor.
He tells The Hattiesburg American (http://hatne.ws/19bPUQv) that he thinks there are three choices at this point: new trial, new election or go home.
After jurors voted 9-3 in favor of mayoral challenger David Ware, specially appointed Judge William Coleman polled them in open court. That vote was 8-to-4, a hung jury under Mississippi law.
Ware’s attorneys asked Coleman on Friday to uphold the original verdict, which would have given Ware the office held by Johnny DuPree.
Hearing on their motions is scheduled Thursday.
Newman says that if John Grisham wrote a novel based on what has happened in Hattiesburg, it would be panned as too contrived.