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Monday saw the beginning of the second week of the Clay County July Circuit Court term, and two of the cases on the docket were affected by a new Mississippi law.
House Bill 585 took effect July 1 after being passed into law by the Mississippi legislature in March, and has changed the definition of misdemeanor and felony charges.
John C. Jones, 59, of West Point, was arrested in February 2013 for possession of cocaine, and was originally charged with felony possession of cocaine. However, based on the new law, Judge Lee Coleman reduced the charge to misdemeanor possession of cocaine: less than 0.1 gram during Monday's court session and remanded the case to municipal court.
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