Sid Salter: Ex-senator takes precipitous fall

STARKVILLE – The attorney who pleaded guilty to embezzling $400,000 from the Singing River Credit Union in Jackson County Circuit Court on Dec. 14 was once one of Mississippi’s most powerful state legislators, and it’s hard to overstate the extent of his fall from power.

Former state Sen. Tommy Robertson pleaded guilty to one count of a five-count indictment charging him with using his position as board attorney for the credit union to embezzle a total of $484,092, with $379,592 coming from a single construction loan.

Robertson, 59, served in the state Senate from 1992-2008. His legislative tenure had been marked by three DUI arrests — one in Biloxi in 1997, another on the Ole Miss campus in 2003 and a third in Moss Point in 2008.