Monday, November 21, 2022

Cedric Cornelius Pleads Guilty in Toni Johnson Case

Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens issued the following statement. 

(Jackson, MS) Hinds County District Attorney Jody E. Owens, II, announced today that Cedric Cornelius pled guilty to various counts of bribery of a public official; conspiracy to make/submit fraudulent statements to the government; making/submitting false statements to defraud the government; and making/submitting false writings to defraud the government, in the ongoing investigation into the misappropriation of Hinds County funds during the 2020 election.
As part of the plea agreement, Cornelius will be required to pay restitution in the amount of $170,946.00 with $50,000.00 to be paid on or before Friday, January 20, 2023.

“The fact that the majority of the funds misappropriated in this case were intended to help ensure the safety of Hinds County voters during the pandemic makes this crime particularly heinous,” DA Owens said following the hearing. “We will not tolerate public corruption in Hinds County.”

Cornelius will be sentenced by Special Circuit Court Judge Jess Dickinson after the completion of the cases against his co-defendants. The indictment in this matter is public record and attached hereto.


Anonymous said...

DA Owens said following the hearing. “We will not tolerate public corruption in Hinds County.”

I guess the City of Jackson has a permanent blessing/immunity.

Anonymous said...

you can't get blood out of a turnip-

Anonymous said...

Cedric, Toni and the rest thought because nobody seems to pay attention to anything going on with Hinds County fiscal affairs they could submit some bogus documentation and nobody would care. Normally that's probably true. But this excessive money stunk to high heaven in the first place and anybody touching it would stink too. But, they just couldn't resist.... Time for the perp walk.

Anonymous said...

11:52; He meant to say, "We will not tolerate corruption, made public, in Hinds County."

Anonymous said...

Having a DA that actually works is refreshing

Anonymous said...

Don't plead guilty. Take that shit to trial mane lmaoooooo OJ it's your fault you didn't protect your team smh

Anonymous said...

How and why is that crooked ass woman (Toni Johnson)allowed to remain election commissioner? That job should be for people of the highest ethics and values.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if he gave any of his ill-gotten funds to any politician? If so, can that be clawed back?

Anonymous said...

Witness for the prosecution in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

Anonymous said...

“you can't get blood out of a turnip-”, that's right, but you can get the turnip.

Anonymous said...

I find it comical that Toni was leading the early voting drive for hinds county and also going to schools to register voters
She is the poster child for the corruption in the democrat party. Yes I’ve known her all my life lived a few houses down from her… j State could use some love from this site

Anonymous said...

What he was charged with is business as usual in Hinds County/Jackson. "But everyone's doing it."

Anonymous said...

If that free Covid money wasn't meant to be stolen, Joe Biden wouldn't have sent it to us.

Anonymous said...

“We will not tolerate public corruption in Hinds County.”
HA HA HA since when?

Anonymous said...

Given the nature of charges against Toni Johnson (disposition pending), it is incredulous that she was allowed to function in her role as election commissioner during the recent election. If not illegal, certainly unethical and wrong. Hinds county, do better!

Anonymous said...

1:49 - because the people of her district elected her. Just like the folks in the other four districts elected incompetent people, not of the highest ethics or values either. Only difference between them is that Toni is wearing an ankle braclet.

How she remains - indicted is different than 'proven guilty'. Until a jury tries and convicts her, she is 'presumed' innocent. Except, I guess, by people like you.

Frankly - the whole bunch should be in jail, for multiple actions. Toni's indictment for absconding with funds is a different deal than what the five together should be thrown into the pokey.

Anonymous said...

6:04 - under what law are you suggesting that "Hinds County" could do better by not allowing her to act in her role as an election commissioner?

I can give you many reasons that none of the commissioners should be allowed to serve - but none of them apply to the reasons that Toni has been indicted.

But until she is found guilty, she is an elected representative of District 2. Considering that's also the district of David Archie and Constable John Brown, seems to me that she fits right in with the district's other choices

Anonymous said...

2 words, private school.

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