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Criminal charges in Mississippi for failure to report campaign contribution

AP reports: Tupelo teacher Jeremy Martin has pleaded innocent to a campaign finance violation charge stemming from his unsuccessful bid for a seat in the Mississippi House.

The 25-year-old Republican is accused of failing to disclose within 48 hours a $2,466 contribution received only days before the election last year. He lost the election to Rep. Jamie Franks, D-Mooreville.

Martin entered the plea Monday during an arraignment in Hinds County Circuit Court. If convicted, he faces up to six months in jail and a $3,000 fine.

While candidates are routinely assessed civil fines for late reports, it is rare for the state's attorney general to prosecute alleged campaign finance violations. -- Teacher pleads innocent to violating campaign finance law (AP via Biloxi Sun Herald)