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Mississippi Judge Bobby DeLaughter Indicted in Bribery Case

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

Judge Bobby DeLaughter/gov photo

We always like to think of judges as the gold-standard for integrity. We’re always reminded that there’s one too many exceptions.

Jerry Mitchell
The Clarion-Ledger
JACKSON, Miss. — The former prosecutor who made a worldwide name for himself for putting Klansman Byron De La Beckwith behind bars pleaded not guilty today to a five-count indictment in court, accused of ruling in favor of the former lawyer once called Mississippi’s “king of torts.”
An April 6 trial was set for Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter in federal court in Oxford on a charge he was influenced to rule in favor of former high-profile lawyer Dickie Scruggs, who was sentenced this week to seven years in prison in the case.
DeLaughter, who entered the courtroom wearing a dark suit and handcuffs and leg irons, was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Norman shook DeLaughter’s hand in the courtroom and said, “I’m sorry we even have to be here.”
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