Going to prison was a point of pride for this county supervisor, civil rights activist

Eddie Carthan said he called up the Holmes County Courthouse last week and learned investigators were there, rifling through his decades-old criminal files.

Carthan, a Holmes County supervisor, might not be legally qualified to hold his seat because of his criminal past, according to the secretary of state’s candidate qualifying guide….

…”I guess they’re looking, trying to find records for when I was convicted, falsely,” Carthan said. “I guess I am considered an outspoken leader in the county, always speaking on the behalf of the people who are marginalized, people who are disenfranchised, the poorest of the poor.”

Clarion Ledger