The Clarion-Ledger reports:

Sources have confirmed that attorney Mark Mayfield has committed suicide.

Mayfield, vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, and is one of the three men charged with conspiring with Clayton Kelly to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife in her nursing home and create a political video against Cochran.

It never was clear what role, if any, Mayfield actually played in the taping of Mrs. Cochran in the nursing home.

Even the legal theory of the claim was questionable. The use of elder abuse laws to prosecute a video taping. Surely the event was putrid, but a criminal violation?

He denied the charges:

In any event, it’s over for Mayfield now.

There are many questions that need to be answered.


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