- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

JACKSON, MISS. (AP) - The embattled mayor of Mississippi’s largest city is suing to get back on the ballot for a Democratic primary in May.

Jackson Mayor Frank Melton is facing federal civil rights charges related to a sledgehammer attack on a duplex he considered a crackhouse, but that’s not why Democratic officials say they kicked him off the ballot.

The Jackson Democratic Municipal Executive Committee says Melton doesn’t meet residency requirements to run for a second four-year term because tax documents list his primary residence as his wife’s home in Texas. He says he’s lived in the same house in Jackson for 20 years.

Melton’s attorney filed the lawsuit late Wednesday. He says the same committee found Melton eligible to run four years ago, when he lived in the same house.

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