The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 12/10/8

U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, doctors, Prentiss County officials and hundreds of others have written letters to the U.S. District Court, urging mercy for their friend and colleague, former Booneville attorney Joey Langston.

Langston faces up to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to influence a circuit judge to help resolve a legal-fees lawsuit against then-Oxford attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs.

Four reporters, who asked to do so, got a look Wednesday at the nearly 340 letters to Chief Judge Michael P. Mills at the U.S. District Courthouse in Oxford.

Childers, a Langston friend and business partner for many years, wrote that he was saddened, even “heartbroken” to need to write his letter to Mills.

Gary Walker of Booneville even appeared very serious to offer himself to serve the sentence in Langston’s place.

“I humbly ask that you let me do his time,” he wrote, giving Mills his telephone number “so we can work out the details.”