Frank Melton
American journalist and politician
Frank Melton
Frank Ervin Melton was the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, United States, from 4 July 2005 until his death on 7 May 2009. Melton, an African American, defeated the city's first black mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. Melton won 63 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary against Johnson, who had served two terms. Melton quickly swept into action to rid Jackson of black-on-black drug-related crime, improve economic development, and improve city infrastructure.
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24 U.S. Mayors Who Prove We're Also Better Than Canada At Electing Embarrassing Officials
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In a comically Canadian exchange, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted to reporters Tuesday that he'd smoked crack during one of his "drunken stupors." Despite the embarrassment, Ford said he wouldn't resign, and in fact plans to run for reelection next year. Maybe Ford is hoping that his admission won't hurt him. Or maybe he thinks it will make him more popular. After all, he did see a five-point boost in his popularity rating after reports of the mysterious crack-smoking video first surfaced earlier this year. While Ford's inappropriate behavior is disturbing, many Americans will find the controversy familiar and perhaps be surprised that it isn't taking place closer to home. As we're sure many of our neighbors to the north are well aware, U.S. mayors have a storied tradition of shady deeds. Below, a list of 24 embarrassing and sometimes disgusting mayors who prove the case for American exceptionalism: 1. Bob Filner (D) -- Filner resigned as mayor of San Diego earlier this year, after ...
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Controversial Abortion Law's Fate In Hands Of GOP-Appointed Judge
Huffington Post - over 4 years
JACKSON, Miss. -- Although restricting abortion has long been a conservative goal in Mississippi, the Republican-appointed judge considering the constitutionality of the state's stringent new abortion law doesn't play politics in the courtroom, according to those who know him. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III temporarily blocked the new law that, if enforced, could shut down the state's only abortion clinic. Jordan (pronounced JER-dun) is a former GOP county chairman. He was recommended for the bench in 2006 by his former boss, Republican U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, and nominated by President George W. Bush. But even in a state where top Republicans supported a failed 2011 ballot initiative to declare that life begins when a human egg is fertilized, attorneys from across the political spectrum say Jordan is not ideologically inclined. "Some judges play politics, but that's one who does not," said attorney John Reeves, a Republican former state lawmaker who ha ...
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Thanks y'all - Yall Politics
Google News - over 5 years
JNM was built to follow the race between Frank Melton and Harvey Johnson in a way that just hadn't been done before. After Melton won in 2005, we had this tremendous platform and nothing to focus on. So, I transitioned the content into
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Hinds sheriff trailing ex-JPD official - Clinton News
Google News - over 5 years
Among McMillin's outspoken supporters were Erik Fleming, a former state legislator and the former campaign manager for the late Mayor Frank Melton, and prominent Jackson medical pioneer Dr. Helen Barnes
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Where Is Frank Melton's City Hall Portrait? - WJTV
Google News - over 5 years
“It's right and honorable for his picture to be there with the other mayors," he said. Melton passed away more than two years ago and a picture of him did hang in the building during a public viewing of his flag-draped casket after he
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Consolidation: Savings enticing - Jackson Clarion Ledger
Google News - over 5 years
Locally, again, Jackson had a brief fling with quasi-consolidation when Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin oversaw both his department and the Jackson Police Department under the late mayor Frank Melton. It would be far more efficient for
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Parked for 2 years, car used by late mayor back on streets - Jackson Clarion Ledger
Google News - over 5 years
The Chrysler 300 used by the late Mayor Frank Melton has been taken out of storage and assigned to Jackson Police Department detectives. / Bill Campbell/The Clarion-Ledger The dark blue Chrysler 300 used by the late Jackson Mayor Frank Melton is back
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Questions Continue About Melton Car Controversy - WJTV
Google News - over 5 years
(more) By Ross Adams It looks like Jackson city leaders are taking action with a car once issued to the late Frank Melton. Our investigation into the vehicle began when a viewer called us and said the car wasn't being used, and was worried that was
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Car Controversy: Why Is Frank Melton's Car Sitting Idle? - WJTV
Google News - over 5 years
(more) By Ross Adams Frank Melton, the late mayor of Jackson, is making news again more than two years after his death. Actually it's his city-issued car that has some asking questions. Melton's black Chrysler 300 was very familiar to many in the metro
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Melton arrest: Yet another 'sad day for the city' - Jackson Clarion Ledger
Google News - almost 6 years
Hinds Sheriff Malcolm McMillin probably summed up the feelings of most Jacksonians on Wednesday after Mayor Frank Melton turned himself in at the jail on parole violation charges. It is a sad day. But it's also yet another sad day in the saga of Frank
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Truancy: Symptom society failed - Jackson Clarion Ledger
Google News - almost 6 years
Back in 2005, when The Clarion-Ledger published a photo on the front page of then-Mayor Frank Melton comforting a child, it raised a great deal of outcry. The photo, showing a 7-year-old surrounded by police conducting a truancy raid, seemed to bring
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Willie Mae Melton Brooks - The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
Google News - almost 6 years
... Ann Brakefield, Pamela Cotter and Donna Allen; stepsons, Ray Brakefield, Chuckie Brakefield and Charles Brooks; sisters, Kathleen Hyatt and Odessa Mosier; brothers, JT Melton and Frank Melton; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren
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Meg Pace, Reporter - WAPT Jackson
Google News - almost 6 years
Meg has produced breaking news coverage of the devastating tornadoes in Yazoo City in April 2010 and the federal trial of former Jackson Mayor Frank Melton. Meg has a degree in journalism and political science from the University of Mississippi,
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Former Basketball Star Wins Short Term as Detroit Mayor
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Voters on Tuesday elected Dave Bing, a former Detroit Pistons basketball star who had never run for political office, as the city's next mayor. Mr. Bing, the longtime owner of a local auto parts business, will serve the final eight months of former Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick's second term. Mr. Kilpatrick resigned in September, when he pleaded guilty
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JACKSON JOURNAL; Re-election Is But One Fight For a Mayor In Mississippi
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Mayor Frank E. Melton of Jackson enjoys a good showdown. He carries a police badge, a bulletproof vest and a large stick, although he is not certified as an officer by the Jackson Police Department. He walks the streets of boarded-up bungalows and run-down duplexes in the state's largest city, dispensing warnings to idling teenagers like, ''Don't
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NATIONAL BRIEFING | SOUTH; Mississippi: Mistrial For Mayor
NYTimes - about 8 years
A judge declared a mistrial in the case of Mayor Frank Melton of Jackson, accused of leading a sledgehammer attack on a duplex he suspected was a crack house. Prosecutors indicated they wanted to try Mr. Melton again. Mr. Melton and a former bodyguard, Michael Recio, will remain free on bond. Prosecutors said Mr. Melton was drunk the night he led
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NATIONAL BRIEFING | SOUTH; Mississippi: Mayor's Bodyguard Pleads
NYTimes - over 8 years
A former police bodyguard for Mayor Frank Melton of Jackson has struck a deal with federal prosecutors and will testify about what the mayor and another bodyguard did the night what the mayor called a house was destroyed in a raid. The man, Marcus Wright, 32, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy. He said he worked with
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Frank Melton
    THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On May 5, 2009, Melton lost his bid for re-election, coming in third in the vote totals.
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    Melton filed a lawsuit against the Jackson Democratic Municipal Executive Committee to have his name returned to the ballot. On March 26, 2009, Jones County Circuit Court Judge Billy Joe Landrum ordered Melton restored as a Democratic mayoral candidate.
    More Details Hide Details Landrum said Melton "overwhelmingly rebutted" the charge by showing documents with his Jackson home address, including his Mississippi driver's license, utility bills and voting records.
    The unanimous vote took Melton’s name off the ballot for the May 5, 2009 primary.
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    However, on March 17, 2009, the Jackson Democratic Municipal Executive Committee disqualified Melton in a unanimous vote because Melton did not meet the city’s residency requirements.
    More Details Hide Details He did not file homestead exemption on his home in Jackson but on his home in Tyler, Texas, where his wife Ellen lives.
    Melton filed to run for re-election for the 2009 election.
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    February 24, 2009 - Melton's federal civil rights trial ended in a mistrial when jurors notified the judge that they could not arrive at a verdict.
    More Details Hide Details The case was scheduled to be retried on May 11.
    February 2, 2009 - Melton's federal civil rights trial for demolishing the Ridgeway house began.
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  • 2007
    On November 16, 2007, Mayor Melton appointed Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin as Jackson's new police chief, after reassigning the police chief Shirlene Anderson to a new post within his administration.
    More Details Hide Details Sheriff McMillin decided to keep his post as Hinds County Sheriff in addition to acting as the chief of the Jackson Police Department, becoming the first person in Mississippi's history to serve as both County Sheriff and City Police Chief. After reviewing the applicable state laws and ethics rules, counsel determined the Sheriff could head both agencies legally and be compensated from both. He was confirmed by the Jackson City Council on a 4-2 vote. In securing McMillin as Police Chief, Mayor Melton promised not to interfere in the operations of the police department and to remain focused on other mayoral duties.
    April 26, 2007 - Frank Melton is found not guilty on all counts.
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    April 24, 2007 - Frank Melton goes on trial for felony charges stemming September 15, 2006 demolition of a house on Ridgeway Street.
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    March 8, 2007 - The Mississippi Supreme Court vacated the arrest warrant for Frank Melton, and asked that Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green be recused without explaining the reasons for either decision.
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    March 7, 2007 - Frank Melton left the hospital in the early morning and returned home without alerting the Sheriff's Department.
    More Details Hide Details After his ankle bracelet alerted his probation officer that he was back at home, the sheriff called and told Melton to turn himself in to Hinds County authorities, where he was put into the medical ward of the jail.
    March 1, 2007 - Judge Tomie Green issued a warrant for the arrest of Frank Melton.
    More Details Hide Details The warrant was issued on the basis of probation violation because Melton resumed going on midnight club raids, while wearing an unofficial badge, among other possible violations.
  • 2006
    Nov. 15, 2006 - Melton pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors for carrying a weapon into a church and a park, and no contest to a reduced charge on what had been a felony count involving a gun onto the grounds of the Mississippi College School of Law.
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    July 26, 2006 - Frank Melton raises security concerns with US House of Representative, and senior Homeland Security Committee Democrat, Bennie Thompson (MS) when Melton applied for, and was issued, a United States Capitol Police badge and identification card.
    More Details Hide Details The card allowed Melton, armed, to bypass security in Federal Buildings, congressional offices and Congress. Wilson Livingood, sergeant-at-arms for the U. S. House, stated in the report to Thompson dated Aug. 17 that Melton showed a Jackson Police Department credential to Capitol police. August 26, 2006 - See above for Ridgeway incident.
    July 19, 2006 - Jackson Mayor Frank Melton received criticism from advocates for the homeless when he used the city’s emergency order to enforce a 10 p.m. curfew for the city’s homeless population.
    More Details Hide Details According to Michael Stoops, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, the curfew is the first of its kind in the nation. He also said that it effectively amounts to a modern Jim Crow law.
    Melton was a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, an organization formed in 2006 and co-chaired by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino.
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    Melton and bodyguards Michael Recio and Marcus Wright were indicted on September 15, 2006, on multiple felony charges in the Ridgeway Street demolition, including burglary, conspiracy and the inducement of a minor to commit a felony.
    More Details Hide Details Melton was also indicted on three gun charges—a felony for carrying his weapon onto a college campus, two misdemeanors for the church and public park—the same day. Later in the year, Melton took a guilty plea on the gun misdemeanors and plead no-contest on the felony. The terms of both his bond and his probation for the gun charges did not allow him to be around firearms, supervise children under 17, leave his home past midnight without 48 hours' prior permission from his probation officer, consume drugs or alcohol, or use police equipment in any way. Melton, Michael Recio and Marcus Wright were acquitted on all counts filed in the Ridgeway Street incident on April 26, 2007. The prosecution dropped the inducement of a minor charge during the trial. Some civil-rights leaders defended Melton, including Charles Evers, older brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, and Stephanie Parker-Weaver, daughter of the first openly known interracial couple in Jackson. Parker-Weaver helped lead a campaign to convince Jacksonians of Melton's innocence, including a rally at City Hall with signs stating "Vote Melton Not Guilty." He also drew support from many white conservatives in Jackson who appreciated his crime-fighting methods. Prominent businessman Leland Speed, and families of similar conservatives, provided much of Melton's financial support. Melton told some conservatives that he would take the city past race politics, and explained why he ran as a Democrat. “Most of you are Republican,” he said. “The reality is, if you’re an African American in Jackson, you have to run as a Democrat to win.” He added: “I don’t like either party.” He later on stated he viewed Joseph Stalin, John F. Kennedy, and Mao Zedong as his political influences, which caused him more controversy and cost him support from conservatives.
    In September 2006, Mayor Melton, with his detective bodyguards and a group of youths, called the "lawn crew" because they traveled with Melton, ostensibly to help with neighborhood clean-up, raided half a duplex on Ridgeway Street without a warrant.
    More Details Hide Details Witnesses say that Melton attacked much of the rental duplex with a large stick. He cut his hand during the incident and had to go to the hospital for stitches. He reportedly returned with the young men, with sledgehammers to finish destroying that side of the duplex. Police arrested the tenant, Evans Welch, on drug possession, but he was discharged within days for lack of evidence. No warrant was issued for the raid, nor was the owner of the duplex—Jennifer Sutton—notified of any intention to conduct the raid or damage her property. After news of the demolition broke on Sept. 1, both the attorney general and the district attorney investigated the incident.
    In late July 2006, the head of the ACLU racial profiling division arrived in Jackson to address reports of racial profiling related to Melton's raids and techniques.
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    After a series of articles and photographs appeared in spring 2006 showing that Melton was carrying concealed firearms without a permit, and amid increasing editorials calling for authorities to curtail Melton's actions, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood investigated Melton's actions.
    More Details Hide Details On June 1 Hood sent Melton a letter warning of prosecution if he continued to carry weapons into places where they were prohibited, further warning him he was not a police officer. Melton told the Jackson Free Press that he did not have to heed Hood's warning, and continued to carry weapons wherever he wanted.
    In April 2006, Melton lambasted Hinds County District Attorney Faye Peterson because she would not put his star witness, Christopher Walker, on the stand to testify against Albert "Batman" Donelson, the alleged leader of the Wood Street Players.
    More Details Hide Details The district attorney had to drop Walker from the witness list because the defense provided affidavits showing that Walker had long lived with mayor. Melton had given Walker a copy of his credit card, a car, cash and other assistance. The mayor responded that he was offering Walker "witness protection." Soon after Donelson was acquitted, Melton held a press conference with Walker, during which he accused the county's first black female district attorney of having an affair with a murdered bail bondsman, an allegation that was not substantiated. Within days of that press conference, federal investigators revoked Walker's probation because he had failed nearly a dozen drug tests during the period leading up to the Donelson trial.
  • 2003
    Governor Haley Barbour, who defeated Musgrove in the 2003 gubernatorial election, dismissed Melton and other holdover political appointees when he took office.
    More Details Hide Details Melton also served in numerous other fields, including serving as the director of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Task Force, after being appointed by former Governor Kirk Fordice. Melton served on the national board of directors for the Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), the Liberty Broadcasting Board of Directors, and the NBC Affiliates Board of Directors. He served on the Liberty Broadcasting board of directors; the Wave board of directors, the Community Broadcast Group, and the NBC Affiliates board of directors. Melton also worked as a member of the board of directors for United Way and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. He was an instructor at Jackson State University. He gave numerous speeches in the inner-city high schools and city universities. Melton led drug sweeps and drug raids. The city's narcotics unit was reduced and few drug arrests were made. Many citizens were pleased to see him take this hands-on and vocal approach to addressing the city's problems. Yet many city residents, including the NAACP and the ACLU, have disagreed with the mayor's crime-fighting tactics and what they call illegal and unconstitutional actions. He wore a Jackson Police Department badge and carried a gun.
  • 2002
    Melton served as the head of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics for 14 months, appointed by former Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove in December 2002.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    In 1984, he became Chairman and CEO of WLBT TV Inc, in Jackson, Mississippi, in which position he remained until 2002.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    He entered broadcasting after graduation, first as a Sports Anchor for KTRE TV in Lufkin, Texas and then, in 1977, as general manager of KLTV TV.
    More Details Hide Details He climbed the ranks at KLTV TV before becoming president of Buford Television, Inc.
  • OTHER
  • 1949
    Melton was born in Houston, Texas on March 19, 1949, to his parents Herbert Melton and Marguerite Haynes-Melton, both of whom were active members of the University Presbyterian Church in Houston.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to graduation from high school and following in the grid-iron footsteps of one of his earlier Booker T. Washington Eagles quarterback idols, Eldridge Dickey (Tennessee State Univ., Oakland Raiders), Frank was a popular, studious, and disciplined Quarterback for the Eagles. Melton graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. He moved to Nacogdoches, Texas to earn a BA at Stephen F. Austin State University. In college, he took a position with the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, serving as Director of Recreation at its Lufkin State School.
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