JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals panel says Mississippi sheriffs under state law can decide whether to allow an agent to write bail bonds.
The ruling came this past week in a lawsuit involving allegations that the Jackson County sheriff barred three Pugh Bonding Company employees from writing bonds in February 2012.
Plaintiffs Donald Pugh, Percy Gusta and Priscilla Gusta sued the sheriff and the county in October 2012, alleging they were removed them from the approved bondsman list without notice and without reason.
A Mississippi judge ruled against the plaintiffs in November of 2013.
Gustas were added to Jackson County's bail bondsmen list in 2008 and that Pugh was added in 2010.
After receiving complaints about the individuals and the company. Sheriff Mike Byrd removed them from the approved list.
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