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Mississippi Trial Lawyers Under Inquiry: U.S. Attorney Probes Loans, Fundraising

Date: May 18, 2003
QUOTE: The Justice Department is investigating allegations of improper campaign finance practices involving prominent Mississippi trial lawyers, a major source of support for the state's Democratic Party.

ABSTRACT: An inquiry by the Justice Department is investigating campaign loans and other benefits allegedly provided by trial lawyers to a Mississippi state Supreme Court and two recently retired judges. It seems that some trial lawyers provided campaign contributions for Supreme Court judicial races well above the state law limit of $5,000. Some Democrats have accused the Republican-controlled Justice Department of unfair finger pointing at trial lawyers with strong Democratic ties. --- Mansi Bhatia

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