13 thoughts on “John Dowdy out as Criminal Division Chief at MSSD U.S. Attorney’s Office”

    1. My source is very well placed yet outside the US Attorney’s Office. The source indicated the change in job responsibilities had been kept under wraps.

      That said the timing coincides with the dismissal of the Shumate indictment. Tim Holleman told Slabbed they were prepared to go to trial and he thought they had a good chance of winning, which in turn explains the favorable plea deal. I think Tim is shooting straight with me on that.

      I’ll add misusing the Federal Grand Jury process to shield public records from disclosure would be plenty good enough reason. Back in January 2012 when I spoke to the DoJ OIG people they were very clear that all dealings with the media in terms of a Grand Jury subpoena were cleared by the Attorney General’s office in DC. What happened in the aftermath of the Federal Grand Jury subpoena of the public records is best described as a clusterf*ck. I can’t imagine the folks up in DC would be happy with that saga.

      It took two courageous Judges to rules in favor of transparency and public access to public records to get us to this point.

      I’ll continue to shake the tree to see what I can find out.

        1. I question whether Holder knew about this in advance. Technically the Grand Jury subpoena was not directed at the Sun Herald but the factual context indicates it really was.

          1. Witholding public records is one thing. If withholding records were to involve concealing documentation to influence an investigation or the justice system, that would be a totally different dimension.

  1. Looks like John Dowdy did the dirty work for the ‘powers that be’ and his usefulness is complete so out the door goes Mr. Dowdy as the ‘fall guy’. How typical of politicians in the great state of Mississippi!

      1. There might be more to come. The private corrections industry has had an odor of corruption nationwide for years.

        One wonders if Epps and McCrory are the targets; if they are, why did it take so long to indict them?

        Auditor Pickering reports it is hard to find this type of thing:

        “You are talking about kickbacks, bribes, those sorts of things taking place. And you know, those sorts of things don’t appear on the ledger,” said State Auditor Stacey Pickering.
        Pickering said it is an exhausting process to pour over bank records and payment disclosures to root out corruption. The auditor said his 30-plus investigators are working around the clock.

        “Will we always be able to head off every single bit of corruption? No, because unfortunately people are people,” Pickering said.

        Of course, there are different more modern methods.

  2. Almost forgot to point out that Phil Bryant got a recent name check wrt the MDOC contracting.

    Lawyers: Epps said prison companies ‘spread’ money

    The push for private companies to run prisons and jails goes back decades in Mississippi.

    After being elected Hinds County sheriff, Malcolm McMillin remembered meeting at the Sun-n-Sand Motel with then-lawmakers McCrory and Phil Bryant, who were supporting legislation in the early 1990s for the state to take over running the jails and privatizing them.

    That’s a quality name check imo. That’s the current governor (and two time past state (non)auditor), and one of the indictees out pimping the enabling legislation.

  3. MDOC officers involved in a prison hit?

    Inmate’s killer: Officer opened victim’s cell door

    The FBI interview came after The Clarion-Ledger’s detailed investigations into the killings of Majors and other inmates, revealing allegations that officers may have played roles.

    Records show prison officials fired the tower officer the next day, but then-Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps denied any officer played a role in the killing, saying the lock to Majors’ cell door had been “jammed.”

    But Smith told agents the tower officer electronically unlocked the cell door.

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