AP – Judge to decide who gets judicial corruption money

A federal judge will decide who gets $425,000 seized as part of the judicial corruption investigation that sent a Mississippi judge and several lawyers to prison.

The money was taken from former Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters.

Peters allegedly was paid $1 million on behalf of former attorney Dickie Scruggs to influence Hinds County Judge Bobby DeLaughter in a civil case.

Scruggs and DeLaughter are now in prison. Peters cooperated with prosecutors and was not charged.

The government wanted to keep the money. But the attorney involved in the lawsuit against Scruggs when the corruption took place says he should get it.

A trial is scheduled for March 22.