Warren Co. won’t help pay defense of convicted former clerk

Shelley Palmertree

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – Warren County supervisors say they won’t help pay attorneys’ fees for a former circuit clerk convicted in a corruption case.

The Vicksburg Post reports that supervisors on Monday approved a letter telling Travelers Insurance company that the county won’t pay the $10,000 deductible the company requested.

Travelers previously insured the county, and it asked the county to pay the deductible as part of a settlement on defense fees for Shelly Ashley-Palmertree.

Palmertree sued the county and State Auditor Stacey Pickering in March 2013 in a dispute over salary paid above the state cap for circuit clerks.

She was later convicted of two counts of embezzlement for stealing from the court’s civil and criminal fee accounts and sentenced to five years in prison. She was released on parole in September.

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