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County official reportedly played role in letting Tea Party members in courthouse

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

We are learning more about what happened the night of June 4, when three Tea Party members were locked inside the Hinds County Courthouse hours after election night.

The report issued by the Hinds County District Attorney says a county official played a role in allowing the Tea Party members inside, but did not physically let them in.

Hinds County Constable John Lewis told the DA’s office he directed the trio to the courthouse from a Hattiesburg campaign location through "indirect contact."

District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith says Lewis directed them to a door they could enter at the Hinds County Courthouse.

The door is on the west side of the courthouse and is known by some courthouse employees as a door that malfunctions often.

The DA says there is no evidence a crime was committed because there are no witnesses present to testify and no video recordings exist of the entry; in addition, the county’s election commissioner said no tampering occurred because the office and vault were locked before she left that night.

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