Civil asset forfeiture allows the government to confiscate property on the grounds that it is connected to a crime — without ever convicting someone of the crime. In court, a lower burden of proof applies in these civil cases than in criminal cases, even when valuable property, such as the vehicle you drive to work, is at stake.
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Danforth Awards went to Jackson Prep freshmen (from left) Maggie Boswell and Walker Headley.
Fifth-grade students (from left) Julia Thompson, Ebbie Barbour, Katherine Gault, Breck Hines, Yates Elfert, Emily Martin, and Brennon Shorter read poetry aloud at a recent Jackson Academy Middle School poetry cafe event.
St. Richard 3rd Grade Students presented a play based on the book The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry while studying biomes. Students created the set and their costumes for the play based on their research of plants and animals in the Amazon Rainforest. Shown (from left) Lily Frances Garner, Loftis Garner, Neel Boteler, and Reed Walker.
Charlie Barbour (center) was recognized for earning his Eagle Scout rank at Troop 8’s Court of Honor at First Baptist Church of Jackson. His Eagle Project built tables for North Jackson Youth Baseball and Softball. He is shown with his parents Laura and Charles Barbour.
In a Fourth of July spectacle in Washington that blurred the lines between patriotic celebration and political preening, President Donald Trump thankfully steered clear of turning his speech on the Washington Mall Thursday into a brazen re-election pitch.
Alternative Route Requested
Jackson city officials will ask Eastover residents to take a different route, if possible, once construction gets under way on the second phase of the Eastover Water Main Replacement Project.
It’s a political year and I was happy to see all the major politicians show up at the Mississippi Press Convention in Biloxi. This week, I’m highlighting the two main candidates for the Democratic primary for governor.
Jim Hood, four-time Mississippi attorney general:
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the 2019 Honors Day Assembly, recognizing students’ accomplishments. Students honored for high achievements on the National French Exam are (from left) Jory Tanaka, Dami Oluwatade, Rhodes Pharr, Khushi Patel, Anna Buckley, Betsy Burrow, and Jacob McGrath.
I am the Meanest Mama in the World. That’s the word around my house, at least. The criteria for earning this title is ever-changing. Some days, the bar is as low as telling my children that they have to bathe. Other times, I have to work harder, like when I impose a consequence: ‘You hit your sister with the iPad, so now it’s mine.’
Recently released female prisoners find help in adjusting through crossroads ministry
Within three years of release from prison, nearly 70 percent of released prisoners were re-arrested. A Madison County program is aiming to cut back on recidivism and help those who are recently released turn their lives around.
My sister, Katie, has a birthday this week and I haven’t bought her a gift yet - but that’s sort of her fault. She’s given me a big head and very high standards to live up to by calling me the Best Gift Giver of the family. It’s a lot of pressure.
Opponents of the Ridgeland Costco hadn’t decided at press time whether they’d appeal a judge’s decision to allow the store to locate a gas station on property across from the Highland Colony Parkway development.
THE legislature is in session and big money is on the line – $21 billion. This represents 18.3 percent of Mississippi’s total GDP of $115 billion.
Mississippi citizens need a clear understanding of the budget. In the end, our votes make the difference.
At least for the foreseeable future, Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium will be home to the Jackson State University Tigers.
Eventually, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) hopes to take in the historic stadium to the west of its downtown Jackson campus.
The wedding of Natalie Marie Flood and William Ramseur Boyles was celebrated at the Paris-Yates Chapel on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford July 28.
Gerard Gibert, a resident of Ridgeland, was recently named to the Mississippi lottery board of directors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in economics from the University of Mississippi. He is the CEO of Venture Technology. Gibert recently spoke with Sun reporter Nikki Rowell about the Mississippi lottery.
A national criminal justice reform group wants a federal investigation into Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) board has issued a state of emergency due to the presence of the invasive aquatic plant giant Salvinia, which is spreading in Pelahatchie Bay. This is the second time the plant has been found in the Ross Barnett Reservoir.
OMAHA — This is written from the College World Series where a packed house of more than 22,000 fans pays to watch each game at sparkling TD Ameritrade Park.
A vigil will be held tonight for the Jackson Academy (JA) student killed in a car crash today.
Frances Anne Fortner was driving along Ridgewood Road around 1:30 p.m., when she hit a manhole cover and her car flipped, according to Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman.
The vigil will be at 7 p.m., on the school's campus.
The District at Eastover will add a new addition in the spring of 2018, Eastover Market, the state’s first food hall. Eastover Market will be developed in consultation with the esteemed St. Roch Market of New Orleans, and will showcase a curated collection of local, boutique restaurant concepts.
Mississippi's state accountability model is designed to measure the instructional effectiveness of schools and districts in the state. It includes students' scores on language and math tests as well as attendance and graduation rates. Schools and districts are given a letter grade from A to F according to their performance.
“The DEA is on the phone.” Those are words you really never want to hear. To my relief the call wasn’t about my practice. The next week I found myself meeting with two United States District attorneys as well as DEA agents. I was asked to be an expert in a case against two pain specialists in Alabama.
During the 2016 fiscal year, the U.S. Postal Service’s Postal Inspection Service received 60,000 customer complaints regarding attempts to steal mail.
A Madison County couple is finding out just how easy it is for mail to be stolen, even in person.
The second and third phases of Renaissance are on track to be finished next year, complete with another show fountain and Malco theater.
The city of Ridgeland director of community development Alan Hart said, based on reports from the developer, that phase two of Renaissance should be open by summer or fall of 2019.
Over the past 15 years, the subdivision of Reunion has become the place to call home for many Madison County residents.
Although the development is almost two decades old, it continues to add new homes and amenities for residents.