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Bobby DeLaughter: “I didn’t do nearly everything that they thought I did.”

Megan West at WAPT TV in Jackson got an interesting interview with Bobby Delaughter, apparently on the occasion of his Amazon-only new novel.

“I said then, and will always say it because it’s the truth, I didn’t do nearly everything that they thought I did. But I was stupid. I admit that,” DeLaughter told […]

Bobby DeLaughter writes about a criminal who moves from Jackson to New Orleans…

… where, according to a jacket-blurb on Amazon (the only place the book is available), he resumes his life of crime:

The journey DeLaughter now takes us on is not merely one from his roots of Jackson, Mississippi to his new home along the narrow streets and alleys of the famous French Quarter of […]

James Crockett’s new book, a look at Scruggs, DeLaughter and the gang: Power Greed Hubris

University Press of Mississippi has a new look out at the Minor – Scruggs – DeLaughter bribery cases, titled Power Greed Hubris: Judicial Bribery in Mississippi.  This one is by James R. Crockett, a professor emeritus at the University of Southern Mississippi and adjunct professor of accountancy at the University of Mississippi. He wrote Hands in […]

The Fifth Circuit holds that Scruggs’s guilt of bribing DeLaughter was “overwhelmingly establishe[d]”

We agree with the district court in concluding that the record overwhelmingly establishes the existence of a corrupt bribery agreement between Scruggs and DeLaughter.

Fifth Circuit opinion in United States v. Scruggs

An interesting thing about the post-conviction efforts by Zach Scruggs to set aside his plea in Scruggs I and his father in […]

“it would be tooth-fairy odd … in the absence of a quid pro quo.” Notes on Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit Appeal, Part 3

The record makes manifest that the petitioner passed out search warrants like popsicles in July to a person whom he knew had no legitimate use for them. Common sense strongly suggests that the petitioner—who risked his reputation, his job, and his liberty by conspiring with Fosher—must have received some sort of emolument to make […]

“Defendants all over the country were raising these kinds of claims.” Notes on Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit Appeal, Part 2

This is the second of three posts about Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit appeal of the denial of relief from his guilty plea to bribery of Judge DeLaughter.  Part one is here.

Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit appeal is about the case involving Bobby DeLaughter.  The question on appeal is, essentially, whether admittedly corrupt or unethical contact with […]

“The silence of the Information” and “ethically nefarious acts”: Notes on Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit appeal, Part 1

The eight paragraphs of the Information speak for themselves. So does the silence of the Information.

Concededly, the Superseding Information recites ethically nefarious acts.

-US v. Scruggs, Fifth Circuit reply brief of the Appellant

There’s no particular significance to the quoted first quoted passage, except that the strange poetics of the sentence, “So […]

More Evidence of Eaton Perfidy Emerges

Judge Weill has entered an opinion of over 120 pages outlining discovery that should have been provided by Eaton to Frisby and was not.  Phillip Thomas picked up  on a report by Allison Grant of the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the opinion and has posted more than once about it.

In the opinion, Judge […]

If you’ve followed Eaton v. Frisby, I’m guessing you can guess who wanted to hire Ed Peters

Phillip Thomas has an informative post about Eaton v. Frisby.  Before reading it, here’s some chronology that will set one piece of news in context.

Recall the timing:

1) Mike Allred, a lawyer for Eaton Corp., agrees to pay a witness for testimony in Eaton’s case against Frisby Copr.  Allred and whoever else knew […]

Government Dismisses Charges in Eaton v. Frisby criminal case

In a dramatic development, the Southern District U.S. Attorney’s office moved yesterday to dismiss all criminal charges arising out of the Eaton v. Frisby case.  The Government moved to dismiss with prejudice, which the court did, and which means the criminal case is ended and will never be pursued again.

The motion and order […]