Friday, November 18, 2016

Chris Epps wants to go home

Former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps asked a court to place him under house arrest. His bond was revoked on November 4 after he was arrested on November 2 for breaking into his former Flowood home and removing some lighting and fixtures.  He is currently in custody. 

Epps argued that he is not a flight risk and has appeared at every hearing.  He claimed:

Factors such as electronic-monitoring, house-arrest, curfew and/or a third party custodian could and will reasonably assure any safety concern, and assure no chance of recividision.

Epps pleaded guilty to one count of bribery and one count of tax evasion.  A federal grand jury had indicted him on 49 counts of tax evasion, conspiracy, money laundering, and bribery.  Federal prosecutors stated he received over $1.4 million in bribes or kickbacks as he directed over $800 million in MDOC contracts to those willing to pay to play.  He will be sentenced in May.


Ophelia said...

"Recidivision"? If the sorry dolt means "recidivism," I suggest he say so. It's even easier to spell.

Anonymous said...

So basically his real argument is, according to the footnote ... " the govt. seized more assets than they can prove I stole through bribes, therefore I'm not really that guilty, so I should be able to violate the conditions of me bond and go on home ". That's a good one John C; real good. Maybe I will not use that sometime.

Anonymous said...

What does "House Arrest" mean after your house has been seized, locked, and declared off limits by the fed?

Anonymous said...

House arrest? Bitch you aready on house arrest. Tha Big House!

Anonymous said...

"Assure no chance of recividision" in this instance sounds like the guy that used to be on the other side of the jail cell don't want no part of being IN the jail cell on all fours watching television while receiving. Can't blame him on that one.

A. Democrat said...

Actually, the whole scenario is a brilliant move on Mr. Epps part. Follow with me here. He had the job of MS Dept. of Corrections Commissioner. Should have been an 8-5 State job. Do your work, go home and forget about it until the next day. But he let the job absorb him. Literally. Stash away some cash, do time in a Federal Pen to gain your "skreet cred" and once you're out step right in to a job as a "community organizer" with NO student loans. Hell, we might even vote Epps for President in 2028. Brilliant!

Anonymous said...

Based on past experiences concerning Judge Wingate, Epps has as much chance of succeeding with this motion as I have of leaping over the federal court building. Remember Paul Minor. His wife had cancer and Judge Wingate would not allow him out to care for her. Epps just wasted money on legal fees. But I guess he was following the old saying that nothing beats a try but a miss.

Odus Cambell said...

Just read in the paper yesterday where Epps figures regarding DOC "recividision" were inaccurately derived and did not represent the national standard of five years, only three. Epps knew that but didn't care and loved to make the false claim that Mississippi's rate was lower than most states and the national average.

I suspect he'll be enjoying 'jail house turkey' next week. Aunt Bea can bring it with a red and white checkered dish-rag spread over it.

Anonymous said...

He should have been jail all along. I doubt he needed to be on bond in order to assist the investigation. Each day he serves before sentencing will be credited to the sentence ultimately imposed. I hope he does not get sent to a minimum security BOP institution. I hope he serves his time with some hard core criminals rather that the Bill Minors and Dicky Scruggs of the world.

Regarding minimum security BOP facilities, I had a client that got a nine month sentence for a tax violation. He served it at Maxwell AFB in Alabama. When he was released he came by to see me; he had lost about 25 pounds, had quit smoking, and was in pretty good shape. His blood pressure was down to normal. I asked how he did it and it turned out that his prison job was working in the Officers gymnasium. He was allowed to do his job duties, then assist the AF officers as they used the gym, but when he had nothing else to do, he was allowed to use the weights, treadmills, etc!!!

So I really hope Epps serves in a more punitive facility.

Anonymous said...

As much as I disagree with Bill Minor's politics, I believe you meant Paul Minor, his son.
As far as I know, Bill has never been to prison.

Anonymous said...

There is cash in the walls of his house. He was trying to pry it out.

Anonymous said...

"Your defendant"? Sorry, just threw up a little in my mouth.

Any time I read a brief or motion with "your plaintiff/defendant," I immediately think "night school lawyer trying to puff himself up." Almost as bad as people who use "attorney" before a name -- e.g., "Attorney Jones."

Collette's generally not that kind of guy. Guess he let some associate write this unsupervised.

Anonymous said...

John is a decent guy who was an average law student. There is nothing wrong with the MOTION, until you get to the part about Epps not robbing the people of Mississippi as much as the Federal prosecutors recovered in what the MOTION refers to as Mr. Epps' "assets".
Who would argue something so pompous? The question begs to be asked "(If) he had all that $, why did he need to be so greedy?".

Anonymous said...

His lawyer managed to get him one hell of a deal, considering how ridiculously guilty he was. It was working out great until he fucked it all up.

Anonymous said...

Anybody think he might be such a coward and blow his head off if he gets out??? Really, wake up Idiots!!!

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure Epps don't want no state time. Them commissary and telephone ripoffs of the inmates and their families...which he was paid well for... and talk about an unpopular little bitch if he's in the population...

Anonymous said...

Helluva deal when all you have to do is corrupt everybody and then sing like a bird on them.

Anonymous said...

Hey Chris you should have been smart an chosen freedom

Anonymous said...

He was free. No monitoring, no house arrest, nothing. Them the criminal had to show up in him again. Why should he be released to commit more crimes when he has shown he was a true criminal that cannot be trusted not to commit more crimes.

Gobble Gobble Grease At 350 said...

Where is this man 'housed' today and what will be on the menu Thursday? There has been no word yet on either.

Anonymous said...

OK CHRIS! Up and attem! Hit the terlet and getcho sef down to the exercise room for pushups and stair-steppers. Then it's scrambled and toast. If you behave, you get dry turkey at noon and what some refer to as dressing. Visitation is cancelled today. It's apple juice or cognac.

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