JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Winston County man has lost his attempt to have the Mississippi Supreme Court overturn his convictions on false pretense and fraudulent use of an ID.
Authorities say Edgar Earl Patton told people he was attorney and filed documents for two people in Winston County Circuit Court using the name and license number of an attorney listed with the Mississippi Bar Association.
Court records say Patton was indicted after one of the people he was representing became suspicious and investigated whether he was in fact an attorney.
Following a trial that began in November of 2010, Patton was convicted of one count of false pretense and four counts of fraudulent use of an ID.
He filed 12 claims in his appeal, including the trial judge had conversations about the case outside the courtroom and the indictment was insufficient and defective.
The state's highest court rejected his claims on Thursday.