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Alderman Drops Appeal of Larceny Conviction

23 September 2003

OCEAN SPRINGS -- As reported by the Associated Press: ``Ocean Springs Alderman Joe Carvin, who pleaded no contest to charges he stole $75 in casino chips, has dropped his appeal of the misdemeanor petit larceny charge just days before the case was scheduled for trial.

``In December, Carvin pleaded no contest to the charge in Biloxi City Court and a judge fined him $570. However, Carvin vowed to appeal to Harrison County Court.

``He said that he could 'more fully present my case without the pressures that we feel have been politically motivated against me through the municipal court.'

``The case was set for trial on Tuesday.

``…Biloxi police arrested Carvin in June 2002 after Palace Casino security personnel said they caught him on videotape stealing three $25 casino chips and hiding them in his socks…"

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