The Clarion-Ledger, 7/11/8

A day after being indicted by a federal grand jury, Jackson Mayor Frank Melton belittled the charges as lacking heft despite their heavyweight appearance.

After more than a year of investigating Melton, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that Melton and his police bodyguards Marcus Wright and Michael Recio had been charged with two civil rights violations and a gun charge as a result of their role in wrecking a duplex on Ridgeway Street in west Jackson.

Last year, a Hinds County jury found the three not guilty of burglary and felony criminal mischief related to damaging the house, which Melton maintains was a drug house. Now the feds are walking the same ground, despite an intense investigation, Melton said.