Jerry Mitchell’s story in today’s Clarion Ledger has a summary of the case and DeLaughter’s career, along with quotes from and from Charles Merkel. From Myrlie Evers-Williams:
“It just makes me sick,” she said. “I’m devastated by the turn of events. I don’t know what to say. Bobby will always have a special place in history for the wonderful work he has done over the years and will always have a place in my heart. My prayers are with him as he meets this next challenge in his life.”
…Wilson’s attorney, Charlie Merkel of Clarksdale, said he believes the guilty plea proves DeLaughter was influenced.
“I can’t imagine a more despicable act by a judicial official,” he said. “It totally undermines the judicial system.”
There’s also the obligatory Matt Steffey quote, which suggests that, by pleading guilty to the lying charge instead of the influence charges, DeLaughter has preserved… I’ll paraphrase here… bragging rights.
Steffey is also on Mississippi Public Radio’s Mississippi Edition this morning in his role of village explainer: “This allows him to maintain that he did not corruptly rule in this case or in any other.”
Patsy Brumfield writes about the plea in the Daily Journal.