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Southaven woman charged with extortion of Supreme Court justice

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(WMC-TV) - A woman was arrested in Southaven on charges that she reportedly tried to extort thousands of dollars from an associate justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Jennifer Lee Harrison wanted to be on the news. But being charged with trying to extort thousands from Mississippi supreme court associate justice David Chandler is likely not the way she wanted it to happen.

Justice Chandler told police that Jennifer Harrison lived with his son in Southaven. He said she and her daughter were thrown out of his son's house at some point in the relationship.

Chandler told investigators Harrison sent emails and text messages trying to extort nearly $9,000 from him in exchange for her to not go to the media with claims about his son.

Instead, documents state Chandler reported the incident to police in Choctaw County. Choctaw County law enforcement then contacted police in Southaven Monday. Chandler told investigators he would come to Southaven whenever they needed.

Action News 5's Michael Clark was told that the justice cooperated fully.

According to the police report, detectives met Harrison in the back of a Southaven office building. It is unclear based on the report if it was some type of arranged meeting. But that is where Harrison was taken into custody.

She was released from the DeSoto County Jail on a $50,000 bond Thursday.

No one answered the door at the address listed for Harrison on the police report.

Due to the ongoing investigation, a spokesperson said Justice Chandler cannot comment on the case.

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