HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The Latest on federal corruption trials in Hattiesburg (all times local):
A Mississippi pastor convicted of federal conspiracy and theft charges will remain free while he awaits sentencing.
Multiple news outlets report that the Rev. Kenneth Fairley will be out on an unsecured $25,000 bond. That means he will pay nothing unless he violates the terms of his release.
His sentencing is set for Dec. 19.
During a detention hearing Tuesday, prosecutors said they don’t believe Fairley is a danger or a flight risk. The lifelong Hattiesburg resident was convicted Monday in a case involving money skimmed from a federal housing program.
Jurors have been chosen in the trial of a Mississippi sheriff’s deputy and his wife on federal charges that they evaded taxes by hiding income from their restaurant and liquor store.
Eight men and six women were selected Tuesday. The 12 jurors and two alternates will hear the case of Forrest County Chief Deputy Charles Bolton and his wife, Linda.
The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/2cTFVM3 ) the couple’s charges stem from tax returns filed 2010-2014.
Their trial begins a day after another federal jury in Hattiesburg convicted a politically connected pastor, the Rev. Kenneth Fairley, of conspiracy and theft in a case involving money skimmed from a federal housing program.
U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson has questioned whether prosecutors are unfairly targeting African-American officials and their allies in Hattiesburg.