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Doctor's lawyers: Forfeiture recommendation too high

Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Lawyers for a physician who bribed Mississippi's former prisons chief say it would be unconstitutionally excessive if their client was ordered to forfeit nearly $1.3 million.

Federal prosecutors, though, say that's exactly the right amount for Dr. Carl Reddix to turn over to the federal government after he paid $187,500 in bribes to then Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps.

Reddix agreed to forfeit money when he pleaded guilty in June, but balked when probation officers said the total should be so high. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III put off Reddix's sentencing while lawyers argue over the issue.

Reddix also faces up to 10 years in prison and suggested fines in a range of $15,000 to $150,000 after pleading guilty to one count of bribery.

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