The Sun Herald, 1/7/9

Federal authorities have seized $425,000 from a former district attorney linked to the most sweeping judicial bribery investigation in Mississippi in years.

While no formal charges have been made public against former Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters, prosecutors have spelled out his alleged involvement in court documents. Peters is perhaps best known as the DA whose office successfully prosecuted a white supremacist in the cold case slaying of a Mississippi civil rights leader.

“Peters was a member of a conspiracy to corruptly influence a sitting State of Mississippi Circuit Court Judge,” according to a motion that seeks forfeiture of the money.

U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander issued an order Tuesday for the U.S. Marshals Service to hold the money until another ruling is made.