Palmertree hires new legal team

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - Warren County Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree has hired a new legal team and needs more time to learn the facts of the state's criminal case again her.

That's according to pleadings filed in court in advance of a trial on three counts of embezzlement.

The Vicksburg Post reports ( ) Palmertree's trial, which was scheduled for Monday, has been postponed but a new date has not been set.

The three-term clerk has hired Jackson law firm Joe M. Hollaman & Associates, according to a March 3 request filed in the case. Palmertree was previously represented by former circuit judge Frank Vollor and James "Buck" Penley Jr.

An indictment accused Palmertree of inappropriately transferring funds on three occasions in 2012 from her office's civil and criminal accounts into her circuit clerk fee account.

Information from: The Vicksburg Post,

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