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Friday, January 27, 2006

PRESS CLIPPINGS: Friday, December 27, 2006

1. No legislators were indicted or even indicated as having been involved in wrongdoing. Perhaps the irresponsible "news entertainment" troupe over at SuperTalk ought to now apologize for insinuating for so long that public officials did something criminal. But we all know that won't happen.
Settling $751K beef - The Clarion-Ledger:
OXFORD — Richard N. Hall Jr. will go to prison for up to eight years after admitting to his part in a failed beef processing plant that cost Mississippi taxpayers more than $55 million.

The question is whether he'll be the only person who goes to jail in connection with venture.

Hall, former owner of the Oakland company, admitted to converting more than $751,000 of public and corporate funds for his personal use.
2. While we're all waiting on who Richard Hall might finger as being complicit in his crimes, one creditor has already started throwing around accusations, but it ain't at members of the Legislature.
Creditor: Hall was 'fall guy' - The Clarion-Ledger:
"I am expecting more indictments because Richard Hall wasn't the only one at fault with Mississippi's money being mishandled," said Moorman, a Hernando resident and owner of Mid-South Pipe and Valve in Memphis.

Moorman's business is owed $54,000 for valves and fittings it supplied to the plant. "I'm a small, woman-owned company, and it's been a struggle," she said.

Moorman said she believes Hall was the "fall guy." She blames officials in Yalobusha County, Community Bank and the Mississippi Development Authority, saying they were aware of funding shortages in 2003.

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