By Patsy R. Brumfied/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – W. Roberts Wilson will get $280,000 out of $425,000 claimed from former Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters, with the government taking the rest, a newly filed U.S. District Court document shows.
The government claimed the money from what was left of a $1 million fee Peters said he was paid by then-Booneville attorney Joey Langston for his help in Wilson’s legal-fees lawsuit before then-Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter.
Peters and DeLaughter once worked together as prosecutors.
The lawsuit, Wilson v. Scruggs, was the government’s basis for accusations that DeLaughter was bribed by former Oxford attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs.
In 2009, DeLaughter pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about discussions with Peters about the case. Scruggs pleaded guilty to depriving the public of DeLaughter’s honest services and to using the mail to do so.
Wilson sought the Peters money as part of finances he was owed, as he said, because Langston, Scruggs and others used the money that he should have been paid to bankroll other financially successful litigation.
While Langston and Scruggs have settled with Wilson in another lawsuit, he still pursues damages from former State Auditor Steven Patterson and former New Albany attorney Timothy Balducci, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to the attempted bribery of Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun City.
Recently, Wilson, an attorney, moved into the Oxford Square offices previously housing The Scruggs Law Firm. The Scruggses sold the offices to a Memphis firm, which turned around and sold it to Wilson.
Formerly of Jackson and Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wilson has moved to Oxford, where his son also practices law.
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