Ed Peters not pursued despite admitting influence in 2nd case

Former Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters admitted influencing then-Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter in the trade secrets lawsuit involving Eaton Aerospace, FBI documents show.

“Peters believes that he had influence over DeLaughter in the case,” read the Sept. 9, 2008, FBI statement taken by Peters.

But there has been no move by authorities to pursue a case against Peters.

“It seems curious,” said Carl Tobias, professor at the University of Richmond School of Law. “Maybe federal prosecutors are just exercising discretion because he cooperated in the other case. Still he gets the advantage that others might not.”

Peters could not be located for comment. His attorney, Cynthia Stewart, did not return a call for comment.

Clarion Ledger
10/9/11