ABERDEEN – Ex-judge Bobby DeLaughter faces a prison sentence Friday for lying to the FBI.
In his guilty-plea agreement, the former prosecutor of Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers’ murderer said he’d go to jail for 18 months, if the U.S. government would drop the other charges against him – involvement in a conspiracy to be bribed to help then-Oxford attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs in a legal-fees lawsuit.
But today, in the U.S. District Courthouse, DeLaughter’s sentencing folder contains only one letter asking Judge Glen H. Davidson for leniency.
Peggy Morgan of Mobile, Ala., who was a prosecution witness in the Evers murder trial, said, “I thank God for Bobby DeLaughter, he is a man of his word as far as I am concerned.”
She claims he was “railroaded” by people who have opposed him throughout his career.
DeLaughter will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m.
He was indicted in early January with Scruggs in the bribery conspiracy. Scruggs pleaded guilty, with time added to the sentence he already is serving for an earlier guilty plea in the attempted bribery of Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun City.
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