Martaze Hammond is now in the custody of the US Attorney’s office after the US Attorney filed what is called a Writ of Habeus Corpus Ad Prosequendum.
According to uslegal.com this writ is defined as being issued
for the purpose of removing a prisoner in order to prosecute him in the proper jurisdiction, wherein the act was committed, or to enable him to become the prosecuting witness in a criminal case.
A source told this media outlet back during the Bolton trial that Hammond had cut a deal with the US Attorney. It was theorized that Hammond would become a federal witness, likely involving possible voter fraud activity during the 2013 Mayor’s race. A little over two weeks later after that tip, the writ demanding the body of Hammond be delivered to the US Attorney was filed in Federal Court.
In the US Attorney’s petition for the Writ of Habeus Corpus ad Prosequendum he writes that Hammond,
is a defendant in this cause and his presence is required in the Southern District of Mississippi at Jackson, Mississippi, at 9:00 am, for certain proceedings in regard to the above-mentioned criminal action wherein he is a defendant.
US Attorney, Jay Golden, doesn’t say what the cause of action is, but one thing is for certain. Hammond is no longer being housed at the Forrest county Detention Center. and has been out of their custody for almost three weeks.
The general consensus with the HP legal think tank is Hammond was taken into the custody of the federal government for the purposes of giving testimony to a grand jury and to protect both him and his testimony. Given the likely nature of the information Hammond possesses, Hammond could be a devastating witness to other members of the Dupree Campaign. Mayor Dupree’s campaign manager, Kenneth Fairley Sr., was convicted back in September of stealing money from HUD. Now Hammond, one of Dupree’s top campaign soldiers, and a career criminal, is under the thumb of the Federal government. Hammond is facing several years behind bars, but he has reportedly cut a deal.
The Hattiesburg Patriot has learned that Hammond has intimate knowledge of campaign activities involving the mayor’s “vote early and vote often campaign,” how it was executed, and who was involved. It was reported to the Hattiesburg Patriot that Hammond was part of an small group of campaign workers, whose primary task was bringing voters to various precincts. Most of this activity reportedly took place very early in the day, just as the polls were opening.
Below are the court filings, and the previous case docket involving Hammond’s possession of a handgun by felon. The new writ was brought in under his previous handgun charge, which can be seen at the bottom of the case docket.
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