Obstruction of Justice
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|Nov 16th, 2009, 11:20 AM||#2|
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The End of A Scandal? DeLaughter Gets 18 Months in Prison
It’s been some time since we blogged about the Dickie Scruggs scandal, which took up so many of our waking moments back in late 2007 and early 2008.
But since then, there’s been significant fallout from the scandal, none perhaps more significant than the fall of Bobby DeLaughter, the prominent prosecutor-turned-judge, who in July pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. (DeLaughter admitted to lying to an FBI agent during a judicial corruption investigation.)
On Friday, DeLaughter was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his crime. Click here for the AP story.
According to the story, DeLaughter, 55, apologized in the courtroom. “I do want to express my sincere apologies not only to this honorable court, but to all my former colleagues, the people of Mississippi, and especially the people of Hinds County,” DeLaughter said. He must report to prison on Jan. 4.
The sentencing judge, Glen Davidson, chided DeLaughter in open court, saying he had brought shame to the profession. “You’ve been to peaks and today you stand in a very deep valley,” Davidson said.
DeLaughter made a name for himself in 1994 when he was an assistant district attorney and helped convict Byron de la Beckwith for the 30-year-old murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. The trial was the basis for the 1996 movie “Ghosts of Mississippi,” with Alec Baldwin playing DeLaughter. DeLaughter also wrote a book about the case, “Never Too Late: A Prosecutor’s Story of Justice in the Medgar Evers Case.”
So what comes next in the Scruggs saga? Perhaps that’s well, a wrap. According to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger’s Jerry Mitchell (the recent recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant), the DeLaughter sentencing plea could mean the end of a saga that led to seven convictions, including that of Scruggs, who is now serving seven years in prison for conspiring to bribe Mississippi judge Henry Lackey.
|Jan 4th, 2010, 01:05 PM||#3|
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Obstruction of Justice: DeLaughter is to begin serving his 18-month prison sentence
Former Mississippi prosecutor DeLaughter is to begin serving his 18-month prison sentence today at a facility in Kentucky. "The man has now been destroyed, politically and economically. It's that serious," said Charles Evers, the brother of Medgar Evers. He said he is trying to raise money to help pay DeLaughter's expenses while he's in prison. "What can we do but fight for a man who fought for us?" he said. "I want DeLaughter to know I'm behind him 100 percent."
Read more: Prosecutor in the Medgar Evers murder case caught in corruption probe
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