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Lawyer Files Ethics Complaint Against Miss. AG Claiming Campaign Ad Prejudged His Client

Posted Nov 30, 2011 9:17 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A defense lawyer alleges in an ethics complaint that Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood “unjustly condemned” his client in a campaign ad.

Lawyer Brian Alexander filed the complaint based on a campaign ad that pictured his client, Jeremy Manieri, report the Biloxi Sun Herald, WLOX and the Associated Press.

The ad showed Manieri’s photo while a narrator said Hood’s election opponent had let a “child molester” out of jail who later “murdered a 70-year-old priest in cold blood.”

Manieri has been arrested on a charge of murdering a Louisiana priest, but he has not been tried for the crime. Hood’s opponent was a former judge who gave Manieri a two-year sentence, with one year suspended, in 2006 for molesting a child.

Alexander’s letter of complaint says Hood’s "self-serving and destructive actions have prematurely and unjustly condemned my client in the public eye, all but guaranteeing he cannot get a fair trial in this state."

Hood’s campaign manager previously issued a statement saying the ad did not name Manieri and “merely stated facts from media reports.”

Prior coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Lawyer Says AG Campaign Ad Calling His Client a Priest-Murderer Has Tainted Jury Pool"

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