Two sentenced over anonymous campaign mailer; lawsuit dropped

The case of an anonymous campaign mailer in 2015, and a related anonymous federal lawsuit against the governor, attorney general and secretary of state, appear to be over.

Political operative Greg Brand and printing company owner George Williams agreed to a “bill of information” on a misdemeanor election violation and each was sentenced to six months of probation and a $500 fine. Brand said the third person involved in the mail-out and lawsuit was former Madison County Engineer Rudy Warnock. No Hinds County court records available this week referenced Warnock. The attorney general’s office, which prosecuted the case, did not respond to numerous requests for information or comment beyond a short statement that noted Brand and Williams had pleaded guilty and received probation and fines…

…Brand, Williams and an anonymous third person in turn have dropped a federal lawsuit — they had filed as “Anonymous Doe, Anonymous Roe and Anonymous Company” — against Gov. Phil Bryant, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Attorney General Jim Hood. The lawsuit claimed state law requiring information identifying the sender on political mail-outs violates their right to free speech.

Clarion Ledger