Ex-Miss. candidate faces misdemeanor trial in DC

Published 6:05 pm Friday, April 30, 2010

Former Ocean Springs mayoral candidate Scott J. Walker faces trial June 14 in Washington, D.C., on misdemeanor charges that he allegedly assaulted an aide to Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

Records filed in Superior Court in Washington show 30-year-old Walker was arrested April 11 on one count each of misdemeanor simple assault and attempted possession of a prohibited weapon. Walker has pleaded not guilty.

Court officials say Judge Judith Retchin set the trial date this week.

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Channing Phillips, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, said that Walker, if convicted, faces a maximum 180 days in jail and $1,000 on each charge.

Before running unsuccessfully for mayor in 2009, Walker worked for Wicker’s predecessor, Republican Trent Lott.