Sanctions sought against Scruggs

It also mentioned testimony by New Albany lawyer Tim Balducci, who was asked, “Was Judge Bobby DeLaughter bribed in that (Wilson) case?”

“He was,” Balducci replied.

Wilson’s attorneys are asking other Hinds County judges to step down because the allegations involve a fellow judge. “According to sworn statements of at least Mr. Langston and Mr. Balducci such actions did result in corrupt influence including bribery as alleged by Mr. Langston and Mr. Balducci,” Kirksey wrote.

Langston and Balducci have said DeLaughter was bribed, not with cash, but with an offer that Scruggs would get his brother-in-law, then-U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, to add DeLaughter to a list for consideration for a federal judgeship.

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