Camera Issue Delays Hearing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Mississippi Supreme Court has delayed the sentencing of former Madison County supervisor David Richardson after Jackson TV station WLBT challenged a judge's ruling that cameras be kept out of the courtroom.

Richardson avoided a Nov. 16 trial by pleading guilty to a felony charge of one count of conspiracy that stemmed from allegations he conspired to cheat an elderly Texas woman out of the true value of 80 acres in Madison County.

Richardson was scheduled to appear next week for sentencing, but Judge Marcus Gordon banned cameras from the hearing. WLBT said Gordon failed to provide sufficient reason to keep cameras out of the courtroom and the Supreme Court agreed.

The state's highest court delayed the sentencing indefinitely until Gordon provides formal reasons for banning the cameras.

Richardson and Canton attorney Don McGraw were indicted in March for conspiring to swindle Frances Roehrig out of the true value of 80 acres in Madison County. The prime development land was purchased by Richardson for $2,000 an acre and then resold for $14,000 an acre.

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