Convicted Doctor Says Repayment Is Unconstitutional

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Lawyers for a physician who bribed Mississippi’s former prisons chief say it would be unconstitutionally excessive if their client was ordered to forfeit nearly $1.3 million but federal prosecutors say that’s exactly the right amount for Dr. Carl Reddix to turn over after he paid $187,500 in bribes to then Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. Reddix agreed to forfeit money when he pleaded guilty in June but balked when probation officers said the total should be so high. A federal judge delayed sentencing while lawyers argued over the issue. Reddix also faces up to 10 years in prison and suggested fines of up to $150,000 after pleading guilty to one count of bribery.

 

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