Madison District Attorney Michael Guest has publicly alleged that Mark Mayfield was involved with hatching a plan to photograph Rose Cochran as she lay in her Madison nursing home.
- Michael Guest’s arrest and indictment of Mark Mayfield was politically motivated, according to a lawsuit.
- Michael Guest’s arrest of Mayfield and his subsequent public humiliation led to his suicide, the lawsuit claims.
- Just days after Thad Cochran won the 2014 primary run-off, Mayfield committed suicide.
Michael Guest is the man responsible for prosecuting blogger Clayton Kelly and radio host John Mary for the photo caper, in which Kelly captured a photo of ailing Senator Thad Chochran’s now deceased wife Rose.
Apparently unsatisfied with arresting blogger Kelly and former radio host Mary, Michael Guest and Madison authorities arrested teacher Richard Sager and attorney Mark Mayfield for their alleged roles in the incident.
Guest’s arrest of Mayfield is widely believed to be politically motivated. You can read Ms. Mayfield’s complaint here.
There is no disputing that Mark Mayfield was a pillar of his community, whether professionally, at church, with his boys’ school endeavors, or civically.
It is not editorializing to state that for him to be treated as he was by Madison authorities, led by Michael Guest, was not commensurate with his position in Madison and Jackson.
Casting as wide a net as possible, D.A. Michael Guest and Madison authorities, all sympathetic to Thad Cochran, evidently sought to use Mark Mayfield’s arrest, and charges to cast a pall over the prominent local attorney and, by extension, damage conservative U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, according to a lawsuit.
Evidently under extreme pressure from D.A. Michael Guest’s prosecution, Mary and Kelly both accepted plea deals, while Mary suffered extreme health issues as a result of Michael Guest’s prosecution. Indeed, Mary never served jail time as a result of his health condition.
But even in accepting those plea deals, D.A. Michael Guest insisted the conspiracy involved Madison attorney Mark Mayfield.
Shockingly, as late as August 2014, two months after the primary, and more than a month after Mark Mayfield’s suicide, D.A. Michael Guest was still looking to besmirch the McDaniel campaign with news of Clayton Kelly’s harebrained caper.
D.A. Guest even went so far as to predict there would be more evidence forthcoming in his investigation, insinuating that Elaine Vechorik, who introduced Mary and Kelly, and who was a donor to the McDaniel campaign, could be a potential target.
In a despicable move, reporter Michael Simmons of Madison Online, a publication dedicated to protecting establishment politicians in Madison, which frequently praises D.A. Michael Guest, attempted to portray Mayfield as the locus for the entire nursing home plot.
Sources say D.A. Michael Guest issued a warrant for Vechorik’s cell phone for the purposes of his investigation. District Attorney Michael Guest confirmed Elaine Vechorik was questioned, but said there was no evidence at the time to charge her in the nursing home conspiracy. Vechorik was never charged in the case.
Mayfield committed suicide Friday morning, June 27, 2014, three days after Thad Cochran was declared the victor of the 2014 Republican primary between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel.
Ms. Mayfield’s lawsuit is ongoing.
Michael Guest has never publicly stated that the investigation is complete — only that the plea deals brought some closure to the ordeal.
So, is Madison District Attorney Michael Guest at least partly to blame for Mark Mayfield’s suicide?
The adjudication of Ms. Mayfield’s lawsuit may determine the answer to that question.