President of Central MS Tea Party Found Locked in Circuit Clerk's Office
By Donesha Aldridge, Web Content Manager/Producer - bio | email
Hinds County Courthouse
JACKSON, Miss. - Questions are now being raised about why the president of the Central Mississippi Tea Party and another woman were found inside the Hinds County Circuit Clerk's Office early Wednesday morning when it was closed.
The election results are counted in the basement of the building and were stored in the clerk's office overnight.
Hinds County Election Commission Chairwoman Connie Cochran confirmed that the Hinds County Sheriff's Department is investigating.
Janice Lane, the president of the Central Mississippi Tea Party along with another woman somehow got into the office around 2 a.m. Wednesday. The women told officials that there was a door to the building that was not completely shut, according to Chairwoman Cochran.
Cochran said once they got inside, the door closed behind them and locked them inside.
The two women called Pete Perry, chairman of the Hinds County Republican Executive Committee, and told him they were locked in the courthouse. Authorities were called a they let them out after 3 a.m.
Cochran said since the women are on the Republican Executive Committee, they should have known no one was there counting ballots. All of the ballots were locked in the Circuit Clerk's office and she doesn't believe they were tampered with in any manner.