US Supreme Court declines to hear Mississippi drug case

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    US Supreme Court declines to hear Mississippi drug case

    ACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from a Jackson man who was sentenced to 108 years in 2004 for drug possession.

    Jimmie Roach was convicted by a Hinds County jury of possession of cocaine and possession of hydromorphone.

    A judge sentenced Roach to 48 years for the cocaine conviction and 60 years for the hydromorphone to run consecutively. Roach was sentenced as a habitual offender.

    In 2007, the state Court of Appeals reversed Roach's conviction, saying the trial judge erred in denying a motion to suppress the search warrant because insufficient information was provided to the judge who issued the warrant.

    The Mississippi Supreme Court in April reversed the Court of Appeals and reinstated Roach's original conviction and sentence.

    By Associated Press
    11:08 AM CDT, October 13, 2009,0,5471411.story

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