Mississippi Tea Party attorney commits suicide.

By Charlton Stanley, Weekend Contributor

Mark Mayfield Jackson Attorney Photo by Jackson, MS police department
Mark Mayfield
Jackson Attorney
Photo by Jackson, MS police department

As I write this, the news is still coming in, and the full story is far from being told. I will provide breaking news as I hear it, but our intrepid bloggers should consider the comments an Open Thread. If you have solid news to report, please do so, and source the information. Otherwise it is just gossip.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that conspiracy theorists are breaking out the tinfoil hats.

What do we know about the death of Mississippi attorney Mark Mayfield? He lived in Ridgeland, Mississippi, a bedroom suburb just north of the city of Jackson. He was 57 years old. About 9:00 Friday morning, he was found dead in his home of a single gunshot wound. There was a note, but authorities have not revealed the contents. That is not unusual. When I worked in the state that was general policy with investigators across the state. Sometimes suicide notes are poignant, sad, and express intense pain. Other notes have content so gross or inflammatory they could not be printed in a family newspaper. In cases of suicide notes, the families often are reluctant to permit release to the public. In other cases, the note may implicate other people in a crime, or include confidential information. If the latter is the case, release of the content of a suicide note risks compromising an ongoing investigation, especially if sealed indictments are involved. Nothing should be read into it if the note contents are not released and made public.

Mayfield was a major supporter of the Tea Party in Mississippi. They fielded a candidate to run against Senator Thad Cochran in the Republican primary, Chris McDaniel. During the run-up to the primary, several men gained illegal entry into the nursing home where Senator Cochran’s wife was staying. She has Alzheimer’s disease. The actual break-in was actually implemented by a Tea Party blogger named Clayton Kelley, who was arrested. A photo of Mrs. Cochran was posted on a website, presumably Kelley’s. It was taken down a short time later.

Kelley was arrested along with four men, including lawyer Mayfield. The others arrested in the incident were Richard Sager, a high school coach and John Beachman Mary of Hattiesburg. Mary was not taken into custody because of what were described as “extensive medical conditions.”
All the men face felony conspiracy charges. I have not found a complete list of all the charges, but I am sure some would have been added later. For one there is a major HIPAA violation.

My take on this as a professional who has worked in the field for more than forty years, is that Mayfield felt he had no options left. His career as a lawyer was over. He knew he would lose his license to practice and almost certainly was going to be sent to prison. Life as he knew it in the past was ended; that is, after he was released from prison.

There are many professions where one can recover and rebuild after a conviction. Martha Stewart is an example of reinventing oneself. On the other hand, actor Fatty Arbuckle never was able to reestablish a career. Having made a study of suicide over the years, and taught a doctoral level course on Thanatology, there is one overriding element almost all suicides have in common. The subject believes there is literally no way out of the bleak situation they are in. That leads to a feeling of hopelessness. This in turn causes a kind of tunnel vision in which they can envision only one way out.

Setting political issues aside for a moment, I believe this is a time for empathy for Mark Mayfield’s family and loved ones. His criminal defense attorney, Merrida “Buddy” Coxwell is a long time acquaintance of mine, and I believe he expressed it as well as I can, “…he was a client, but more importantly, he was a friend for almost 34 years. My heart is completely broken. This is beyond tragic and the people of this community and state have lost a good man…”

The recriminations can start later. I will say; however, that my contacts in Mississippi tell me the Tea Party regulars have tight sphincter syndrome regarding what Mayfield may have put in that note.




Jackson Clarion-Ledger


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253 thoughts on “Mississippi Tea Party attorney commits suicide.”

  1. **on 1, July 18, 2014 at 7:47 am Chuck Stanley

    Thank you for your considerate post.

    I know most of us carry the memories of our loved ones that have passed in our hearts everyday.

    Those memories often give me extra strength to engage life more fully.

  2. **on 1, July 16, 2014 at 6:42 pm Oky1


    I’m concerned some in govt already have plans for another false flag attack & attempt to blame it on tea party or other like groups.

    I’m writing this now just as a time stamp marker just in case some in govt does attack again. **

    These corrupt leaders are as easy to spot as cockroaches in an apartment building.

    I think yesterday Congress approved another 500 million for ,the Good, AlQeada. In other words this govt is funding both sides of the ME wars.

    And this piece:

    Reminder: U.S. Plotted to Provoke Shoot Down of Airliner to Create Pretext for War

    Plotting to stage downing of an airliner & start a war is insane, except when ‘Murica does it!

    Paul Joseph Watson
    Prison Planet.com
    July 18, 2014

    Reminder: U.S. Plotted to Provoke Shoot Down of Airliner to Create Pretext for War 180714plot

    Who in their right mind would risk provoking a war by staging the shoot down of an airliner?

    If you guessed Russia, then guess again.

    In 2005, a memo was leaked from a January 2003 meeting between President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair during which Bush, “considered provoking a war with Saddam Hussein’s regime by flying a United States spyplane over Iraq bearing UN colours, enticing the Iraqis to take a shot at it.”

    However, this was by no means the first time that the United States considered such methods. Declassified documents from 1962′s infamous Operation Northwoods confirm that the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff planned to, “create an incident which will demonstrate convincingly that a Cuban aircraft has attacked and shot down a chartered civil airliner enroute from the United States to Jamaica, Guatemala, Panama, or Venezuela.”

    The Joint Chiefs planned to pack the plane with “a group of college students off on a holiday” in order to fully demonize Cuba and potentially set the stage for a confrontation with the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.

    In July 1988, the United States actually did shoot down a commercial airliner over Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 on board including 66 children. Despite Iran Air Flight 655 broadcasting a signal that identified it as a civilian craft, the crew of the USS Vincennes incorrectly identified the Airbus A300 as an attacking F-14 Tomcat fighter and downed it with SM-2MR surface-to-air missiles. The U.S. offered Iran no apology for the incident.

    Plotting to provoke the shoot down of an airliner & start a war is insane, except when ‘Murica does it!

    Given events over the last 24 hours, it would also be remiss to forget the fact that Ukraine itself admitted to shooting down a Russian airliner in 2001, killing all 78 on board as the aircraft plunged into the Black Sea.

    In light of the innumerable questions surrounding the flight path of Malaysian Airlines flight 17, which was ordered to fly lower by Ukrainian authorities and bizarrely chose to venture straight through the conflict zone that the previous ten airlines before it had avoided, history tells us that the stampede to blame Russian-backed rebels for yesterday’s tragedy may be somewhat hasty.


  3. **on 1, July 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm Chuck Stanley **
    ** Jim Wright is not just a writer, he is an artist with the written word. His most recent piece on immigration is brilliant writing. **

    Re: This years rapid increase in the use of Racism as a propaganda weapon by used by both Dem/Repub establishment polecats to distract the publics attention from substantive issues that are effecting all human beings.


    It’s been uncomfortable for me this year because of the constant propaganda from our leaderships inciting racial hated & I apologize, it’s left me a hype sensitive to the issue.

    The resent Oklahoma Senate primary race had Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin interjecting the race issue here with their & others support of an inexperienced candidate TW Shannon who was of black & native American heritage.

    That in turn caused the establishment candidate to win.

    (I’m no fan of Sarah Palin, I believe she’s a sock puppet meant to attempt to co-opt Ron Pauls side of the tea party groups. And Ted Cruz has to many ties to the Bush family for me to trust very far.)

    Like Okla. Mississippi’s Senate race also had racist propaganda interjected into it.

    ** by Mississippi PEP | July 17, 2014 · 8:35 am
    Senate Republicans paid for Mississippi attack ads painting tea partyers as racist.

    Mississippi attack ads that painted conservative Republicans and tea partyers as racists were funded by Senate Republicans, RedState Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson has confirmed.

    Advertisements by All Citizens for Mississippi, which attacked state Sen. Chris McDaniel and painted conservatives as racists, were partly funded by Sens. Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Rob Portman, Bob Corker and Roy Blunt.

    According to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, All Citizens for Mississippi received funding from a Haley Barbour-backed group called Mississippi Conservatives.

    “Mississippi Conservatives, in turn, was funded in part by Sally Bradshaw of the RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project, former RNC Chairman and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the political action committees created for Senators Mitch McConnell ($50,000), John Cornyn ($50,000), Rob Portman ($25,000), Bob Corker ($25,000), and Roy Blunt ($5,000),” the report said. **


    Where’s the outrage about those above racism?

    Well, many of us understand how these type games often play out so their use of racism may be ignored.

    I read back though that Jim Wright piece & some of the comments I made afterwards.

    Wright makes some valid points, but what caused me to get over excited was his framing the illegal immigration issue in a manner that if one is white in this country & doesn’t agree with his position well they are racist.

    I reject that logic.

    I’m sure Wright has no idea of the interracial business that I & others have been engaged in.

    But I owe him no proof of that as it’s none of his business.

    Yes, some of my late night comments the other day were over the top & needlessly sloppy/inflammatory, hopefully people read past the sloppiness/inflammatory rhetoric & hear the underlying points I was attempting to make.

    One thing I find interesting about these types of legal msg bb is the heightened awareness is that of those in the legal profession that must maintain their composer even when they get angry/tick off.

    I find it emotionally tiring at times.

    And with all these issues vented I’ve settled back down & will attempt to allow these issues to also settle down.

  4. OKY1,
    I didn’t even have you in mind when I posted that last item about the Miss. Supreme Court and the demographics. I had been on the phone with some of my old contacts and was getting the latest on how things are playing out. I have not seen any evidence of racism in your many comments. I can’t say the same for some of the folks I have been talking to, who have no qualms about using the N-word and worse.

    BTW, congrats on the long lasting marriage. As you know, my I lost my wife one month after our 55th anniversary. We had joked that we were going to give it a few more years to make sure it was going to work out, but alas, fate has a way of changing things. One of the things we agreed on early in the marriage was that we would try and not let both of us get mad at the same time. Seems to have worked.

  5. Stanley,

    Please be careful around items that insinuate those I support & myself are racist as it seems to always pisses me off & it waste my time.

    **Non sequitur (Latin for “it does not follow”), in formal logic, is an argument in which its conclusion does not follow from its premises.[1] In a non sequitur, the conclusion could be either true or false, but the argument is fallacious because there is a disconnection between the premise and the conclusion. All invalid arguments are special cases of non sequitur. The term has special applicability in law, having a formal legal definition. Many types of known non sequitur argument forms have been classified into many different types of logical fallacies.**


    My wife & I have been married 36 years, but only because we’ve both learn the proper way to argue.

    My best friend ever & business associate argued all most everyday about something or other & I loved him like a brother. I miss him every day.

    You are far, far more experienced around arguing in a court of law then I, give me a little relief if you would & I’ll attempt in kind.


  6. Earlier today, the Mississippi Supreme Court rejected McDaniel’s petition to review poll books.

    McDaniel’s campaign claims that Sen. Thad Cochran won the runoff election with the help of votes from African-Americans and Democrats. I am familiar with the Mississippi Code, and there is nothing in it that prohibits a registered voter from voting in any particular primary. Obviously, one cannot vote in both primaries. McDaniel’s campaign claims enough people voted in both primaries to offset the number of votes by which he lost. Statisticians and political scientists of all persuasion say this is an impossible hurdle.

    The opinion:

    The demographics of Mississippi are interesting. The state is 59% white, 37% black and about 4% Native American, Asian, and Hispanic. Times they are a-changin’ in the Deep South. No wonder there has been a full court press on voter suppression of minorities.

  7. **on 1, July 16, 2014 at 1:06 am Oky1
    (All this is about over, watch/wait for it as it’s already cooked as I see it.) **

    I want clarify the above statement.

    Just as this govt & the Brit govt created/trained/armed AlQeada a few years back to go into Sryia/back into Iraq, Just as this govt& Nazi Soro types planned & funded the current troubles in the Ukraine, just as this govt planned & corridinated this invasion of criminal illegal aliens a few years back, this govt & the large banks have already written into laws/regs to gut American of their savings & pensions.

    This govt currently has other scams it’s cooking up.

    So I say watch/wait as we’ll all see their next scams against the American people soon unfold.

    One worrisome concern I have is that they know much of the population is very angry with them that why congress/Obama’s poll number are hitting bottom.

    We know from past govts/polecats they will attack their own citizen with false flag attacks as a pretest for bring in further tyranny.

    I’m concerned some in govt already have plans for another false flag attack & attempt to blame it on tea party or other like groups.

    I’m writting this now just as a time stamp marker just in case some in govt does attack again.

    And I’m not the only one concerned.

  8. Stanley,

    I’m about done on this msg bb as well.

    It’s shocking to me the level of insanity I’m witnessing today among large groups of Americans.

    You’ve seemed in the past to have a strong dislike for the KKK & so do I.

    I don’t know your level of understanding of what’s going on around you, but I’m seeing some things very clear.

    I guess you’re aware of the Hispanic group La Raza?

    La Raza translates to mean “The Race”

    It’s a racist hate group.

    The video below points out that La Raza is or was funded by people/orgs like Bill Gates, Ford, GM & others. I’ve not a complete list.

    I want you to watch this 11 minute video, but I also want to to note the picture at 7.06 minutes in.

    Yes, that’s a picture of an Hispanic holding the decapitated head of blond headed white guy that’s been shot in the head.

    I believe that this type propaganda BS is aimed at white people like me & brown & black people to incite racial hated for the benefit of the power elite like Gates/Buffet/Wallst Banks/Insur.

    So yes, it pisses me off when I read people like Jim Wright that are so ignorant or intentional spreading Racial Hated.

    Is that what you & others wish to support?


  9. Stanley,

    It feels there come a certain time of a defining moment & that moment is close upon us..

    Who are you Stanley? I know exactly who I am, I’m a proud Scotsmen living in Oklahoma.

    If you’ve any metal left I believe now would be an excellent time to display it.

  10. Are you people here Americans or a pack of Commie/Nazi types?

    My family has Honorable discharge papers far back as I can find.

    And yours???

    You gutless b@sstards, get your drunk arse together.
    At least stand in defence of your families.

    (Oh I’m so Sorry, you didn’t know how to use a search engine to Phk’in educate yourselves. Never mind, just keep driving texting. Sarc Off.)

    Gettysburg (1993) 20th Maine bayonet charge at Little Round Top

  11. Is Oky1 related to Sergeant Major Plumley?

    Best to just keep asking yourself that.

    Sergeant Major Plumley – We Were Soldiers


  12. Sgt MacKenzie – We Were Soldiers Soundtrack with Lyrics


    One can always tell as it feels just like any other string of gookers ears.

    Everyone knows there’s plenty of Oak trees & rope left for all these Ahole would be leaders.

    ( I guess I’ll have to stop back by that one court house & get another picture of the Polecats swinging in the breeze. Cool Picture, not hardly another like it. All this is about over, watch/wait for it as it’s already cooked as I see it.)

  13. **on 1, July 15, 2014 at 5:48 pm Oky1
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Ex: mother of exiles **

    Yes, I understand the rigging of the 1st amd, but thanks anyway.

    Good Luck with your Govt Controlled Fly By Wire Cars!!!! LOL:)

    You’re so Screwed Suckers & you don’t have a Clue or don’t care! LOL:)

  14. ABC

    1st Amendment used to be nice yet today the space for it seems confined to a lonesome desert somewhere.

    I don’t give a damn, if it was important I’d hire the best hacker I could to get the msg out, but it’s of little importance here/now.

    & I’ve a Backup. LOL;)


    Re: mother of exiles/Jim Wright but completely Wrong!

    Jim Wright, partially blind, ignorant of pertinent facts even as he brushes up against them & thus reaches faulty conclusions.

    Ron Paul’s policy positions & mine are not anything like the Bush Famly’s, Perry, Romney’s or most of those religious nuts Wright mentioned, etc.

    Paul’s foreign policy, monetary policy, Drug War policy & having fair govt rules/laws, etc. addresses most if not all of Wright’s grievances yet all we get for our efforts is being called Racist & lumped in with American hating trash like the Bushs’/Romney/Neo Cons by people like the Racist Neo Lib Con Wright & others.

    Yes, they’re phk’in racist & many of us are sick of these type pukes playing their race scam.

    You do realize M Romney got his 1st start up cash from a Brown Guy in C American that murdered the hell out of other Brown people with the help of Prez GHW Bush?

    You did notice Obama/Clintons causing the murders of many Brown people in C American & elsewhere haven’t you?

    What’s Wright’s plan for taking care of the millions of poor here in the US & seeing to it US Vets at least get medical attention recieved by the Criminal illegal Central American MS13 gangbangers/drug mules/new slaves are getting from the US govt.

    Are people so poisoned/mentally ill they can no long do basic math?

    Let’s round some numbers: Obama asking for about 4 billion for the criminal Illegals.

    est 60,000 illegal kids, (Yes the govt is calling up to the age of 30 Kids:) )

    4 Bil. divided by 60k is what again?

    or you could use another number est 400,000 illegals.

    Hell, that’s it, the govt doesn’t mind printing up unlimited unbacked FRS notes, the govt can just hand each of those young criminals a pallet of 100 bills & send them back to where they came from.

    But everyone knows those illegals wont see hardle any of the funds as the funds will be stolen once again by the Dem/Repub polecats.

    How in the hell does everyone think Central/South/North America got so Phk’ed up in the 1st place.

    You don’t fix a flat tire on your car by shooting holes in the other three!

    Do something about the Wallst/City of London Banks/Insur Co’s/Polecat’s Fraud, corrupt, Bribery & theft & then maybe the whole planet will have some relief.

    If Wright wishes to be a painter he should get a small brush instead of painting with a mop right out of the bucket. ***

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