OXFORD – Roberts Wilson’s lawsuit ended today against principals in two judicial scandals.
Special appointed judge David Hittner of Houston, Texas, signed the dismissal order in U.S. District Court, against the last two defendants – former Hinds District Attorney Ed Peters and former New Albany attorney Timothy Balducci.
While details of the settlement were not immediately available, the two were the last to come to terms with Wilson, who sued claiming the judicial scandal surrounding then-Hinds Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter so tainted his original lawsuit over legal fees that he wanted damages.
Wilson filed suit in January 2009. DeLaughter presided over the decades-old Wilson v. Scruggs lawsuit.
The original defendants in the 2009 action were Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, some Scruggs-related businesss, Peters, former state Auditor Steven A. Patterson of New Albany, Balducci and Zach Scruggs, Dickie’s son.
The Scruggses and the businesses settled Nov. 16. 2009. Patterson settled last May.
Former Booneville attorney Joey Langston, also admittedly involved in the DeLaughter scandal, settled with Wilson before the lawsuit was filed.
Hittner was appointed over the case because North Mississippi ran out of judges to preside after two circuit court judicial bribery cases against Dickie Scruggs and others ran their course, resulting in prison terms for everybody but Peters.
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