JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has reinstated an extortion charge against a Highway Patrol officer.
Johnny Delaney of Cruger was indicted in 2008 on extortion charges in connection with a Sept. 30, 2008, incident involving a Holmes County man. Delaney, who has worked for the patrol for more than 20 years, was accused of taking money in exchange for dismissing tickets.
A judge in 2009 tossed out the indictment, citing a statute requiring that law enforcement officers receive a probable cause hearing before indictment. No hearing was held for Delaney before his indictment.
However, the Supreme Court on Thursday said the law was in conflict with its procedural rules.
Therefore, the justices said the requirement for hearing is inapplicable once an indictment has been returned by a Mississippi grand jury.
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