Counts tossed in theft case

The lawsuit is one of at least three cases the FBI is examining involving suspended Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter and former Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters as part of its investigation into a judicial bribery scandal in Mississippi.

At the center of the federal investigation is whether Peters used his close friendship with DeLaughter, a former assistant district attorney under Peters, to influence the judge’s rulings.

DeLaughter presided over the Eaton case until he removed himself in January, citing the federal investigation. He has denied any wrongdoing in the Eaton case or any other case.

Clarion Ledger
5/11/8