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The U.S. Attorney’s Office “has gone from prosecution to persecution” in unsealing a tax evasion indictment against Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr. only a few days after he was acquitted of bribery, Diaz’s attorney says.

“After three months of trial and untold expense, the government failed to obtain a conviction despite its best efforts,” Robert McDuff said Tuesday. “Now, they have rummaged around and conjured up tax charges in what appears to be an unceasing crusade to convict an innocent man.”

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