- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has upheld a former Meridian police officer’s conviction of forging a subpoena, while employed as a police officer, to obtain his wife’s phone records.

The Appeals Court on Tuesday dismissed Terrell Thompson’s argument that he was denied the right to present his defense to a Lauderdale County jury. He was sentenced in 2013 to one year houses arrest followed by five years’ probation.

Prosecutors say Thompson forged the signatures of a judge and a police detective on a subpoena which he faxed to the phone company.

The Appeals Court also rejected Thompson’s argument that his actions were nothing more than a misdemeanor crime. The court says prosecutors determine if they will charge a defendant for a felony or misdemeanor crime.

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