Federal judge denies Langston’s motion

A federal judge has denied former Booneville attorney Joey Langston’s motion to have his 2008 conviction for allegedly attempting to influence a circuit court judge overturned.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mills handed down the ruling Monday on Langston’s motion arguing his conviction should be thrown out because rulings in subsequent court cases determined the federal statute he was convicted under does not apply to cases involving state judges.

Langston pleaded guilty in 2008, along with several others, to allegedly attempting to influence Circuit Court Judge Robert “Bobby” Delaughter to rule favorably in a case filed by Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. Delaughter was seeking to be considered for a federal judgeship and allegedly sought influence through Langston and Scruggs with Scrugg’s brother-in-law, then-U.S. Sen. Trent Lott.

Daily Corinthian
3/2/16