DeLaughter in court on criminal charges

Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter is slated to appear in federal court in Oxford on a charge he was influenced to rule in favor of former high-profile lawyer Dickie Scruggs, who was sentenced this week to seven years in prison in the case.

DeLaughter has maintained his innocence, saying he followed the law in ruling largely in Scruggs’ favor in a legal-fees lawsuit brought by Scruggs’ former law partner, Bob Wilson.

Jerry Mitchell
Clarion Ledger