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DeLaughter to Get 18 Months for Lying to FBI

Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter resigned his seat Thursday morning. He pled guilty to charges of obstruction of justice Thursday afternoon. Now he’s likely to spend 18 months in jail. MPB’s Cari Gervin has the rest of the story.

Clad in a dark charcoal suit, a crisp white shirt and a plaid magenta tie that seemed a bit out of place, Bobby DeLaughter stood quietly at the front of Courtroom Two in the federal building in Aberdeen.

When Judge Glen Davidson asked if he admitted the substance of the factual basis against him, DeLaughter answered, “I do, your honor.”

And with that, the court accepted the guilty plea of the man who, as an assistant district attorney in 1994, successfully prosecuted white supremacist Byron de la Beckwith for the 1963 murder of NAACP leader Medgar Evers.

Cari Gervan