- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 26, 2009

JACKSON, MISS. (AP) - A judge says Democrats must put the embattled mayor of Mississippi’s biggest city back on the ballot for a May primary.

Jackson Mayor Frank Melton faces federal civil rights charges related to a sledgehammer attack on a duplex he considered a crackhouse. But that’s not why the Jackson Democratic Municipal Executive Committee says it kicked him off the ballot.

The committee said Melton didn’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.

Melton argued he’s lived in Jackson since 1984 and provided utility bills, voter registration and other documents to prove it.

Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum ruled Thursday that Melton lives in Jackson and should be on the ballot.

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