Judge nominees sought to fill circuit vacancy

JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour is looking for nominees for his appointment to fill the Circuit Court judgeship vacated Thursday when Bobby DeLaughter resigned.
DeLaughter’s decision came before he pleaded guilty to a federal obstruction of justice charge.
Barbour’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee will receive nominations and make a recommendation to the governor.
The 31-member committee includes Ed Brunini Jr. of Jackson, the chairman, and 10 attorneys from each of the state’s Supreme Court districts.
Anyone interested in applying should send 12 copies of his or her resume and a writing sample to Brunini at P.O. Box 119, Jackson MS 39201.
Deadline to submit applications is Aug. 17.
The judgeship district includes parts of Hinds County.
Anyone interested in recommending prospective candidates should send letters of recommendation to Brunini at the same address.
No date, yet
No sentencing date was set for DeLaughter, but it’s expected to be in about six weeks after the U.S. Probation Service completes a pre-sentence report.
Federal prosecutors recommended an 18-month prison sentence for him.
DeLaughter pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about improper conversations he had with his old boss, former Hinds D.A. Ed Peters, about a legal-fees case against Richard “Dickie” Scruggs of Oxford.
Scruggs admitted he conspired to influence DeLaughter through Peters to avoid paying more to then-Jackson attorney W. Roberts Wilson, who worked with Scruggs to win national asbestos cases.

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