Court ‘purges’ Hattiesburg mayor’s contempt charge

A civil contempt charge against Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has been “purged,” and a civil suit filed over his appointments of city department heads and Municipal Court positions has been dismissed.

In an order filed last month in Forrest County Circuit Court, Special Judge L. Breland Hilburn “finds that the defendant, Johnny L. DuPree, has now complied with this court’s May 7, 2015, order and has purged himself from any adjudication of contempt.”