Hinds County Circuit Judge Swan Yerger signed orders last month allowing Frisby Aerospace attorneys to take statements from former lawyers Joey Langston of Booneville and Timothy Balducci of New Albany and former State Auditor Steve Patterson.
Earlier this year, Yerger halted further proceedings in a $1 billion theft-of-trade-secret lawsuit to let Frisby’s counsel try to determine if suspended Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter was improperly influenced in the case by his former boss, one-time Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters.
The motion for Langston’s deposition says, “Mr. Langston has vital information relevant to the litigation of this case. Mr. Langston was party to an arrangement by which Mr. Edward J. Peters, an attorney for the plaintiff in this, improperly influenced Judge Bobby DeLaughter, the judge formerly presiding over the present matter.”