November 29, 2007: Scruggs I prosecution begins to become public.
December 10, 2007 Langston law office searched; DeLaughter interviewed by FBI
December 11, 2007: Vic Leo’s desk phone notes report Eaton was investigating “after the publication of media reports” about the subpoena issued to Langston Law Firm “seeking documents reflecting payments made to Ed Peters regarding a matter before Judge DeLaughter.” Opinion at 93.
I have serious questions about this one. There were no press reports connecting that search to DeLaughter at the time of the search. If Leo heard such a thing, he did not hear it from the media on the December 11th, or to my knowledge before December 17th. I wonder what he really heard and where he heard it.
December 11, 2007 Peters interviewed by FBI
December 17, 2007 Jerry Mitchell goes public that the FBI focus has turned to DeLaughter, Peters, and Wilson v. Scruggs.
December 20, 2007 Mitchell reports that DeLaughter has a grand jury subpoena
December 20, 2007. Schaalman has a breakfast meeting with Peters. Later he and Eaton claimed Peters was fired at this meeting. Eaton denied in discovery any substantive communications with Peters thereafter.
hattip – MS Litigation Review