Former Hinds judge sentenced to 18 months

The 55-year-old former judge apologized “to all of my former colleagues on the bench, the people of Mississippi and the people of Hinds County.”

DeLaughter admitted he lied to FBI agents when he said he had two conversations with his former boss, Ed Peters, about a pending lawsuit, Wilson v. Scruggs, against multimillionaire Dickie Scruggs, now serving seven years in prison on corruption charges. Prosecutors said DeLaughter actually had dozens of conversations about the lawsuit with Peters.

DeLaughter’s attorney, Thomas Durkin said, except for those circumstances, his client’s career has been “nothing short of noble and spectacular.”

“Nothing that happened here today will diminish that. The support for him has been moving.

Davidson told DeLaughter, “You have experienced inordinate peaks in your life and today you stand in a very deep valley.

“You have brought shame and disgrace to the legal community and the courts.”

He set Jan. 4 as the day for DeLaughter to report to prison. He granted Durkin’s motion to request that DeLaughter serve his time at the federal prison in Pensacola or Montgomery, but it will be up to the Bureau of Prisons to decide.

Jerry Mitchell
Clarion Ledger