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Fired Highway Officials Can’t Sue Over ‘Ghost Ticket’ Reporting

March 26, 2020, 5:56 PM

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety and its current and former commissioner don’t have to face claims by two highway safety officials that they were fired for telling federal officials about a probe into state troopers’ alleged issuance of bogus DUI tickets, the Fifth Circuit ruled.

Penny Nichols Corn and Twyla Jennings said the “ghost tickets” were written by troopers with the Office of the Mississippi Highway Patrol to receive unearned overtime under grants the state obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of a federal crackdown on impaired driving. Jennings was the division director of the...

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