By Zachary Roth
Three more men have been arrested in connection with a bizarre alleged scheme to illegally photograph the elderly wife of Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran—a scandal that already has shaken up the state’s GOP primary.
Mark Mayfield, a lawyer and board member of the Central Mississippi tea party, has been charged with conspiracy. Richard Sager has been charged with tampering of evidence and conspiracy, reports Mississippi’s WLBT, citing a lawyer for political blogger Clayton Kelly. And Hattiesburg resident John Mary has been charged with conspiracy in connection to the case but was not held in jail due to “extensive medical conditions,” according to Madison police.
Kelly, who is said to go by the nickname “Constitutional Clayton,” was charged Friday with breaking into a nursing home in order to photograph Cochran’s wife, Rose, who has been a patient there since 2000. Rose Cochran is reportedly bedridden and suffering from dementia.