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Stories on sentencing day: Is DeLaughter a well regarded public servant who made one mistake?

A great deal of Scruggs news in the papers today.

Jerry Mitchell’s story about this afternoon’s DeLaughter sentencing presents two views of what is happening.  In the predominant one, Judge DeLaughter was a fine public servant (or even hero) brought low by one mistake.  He looks first to Professor Steffey for the former view:


Wilson v. Scruggs has settled!

Tomorrow, Bobby DeLaughter is being sentenced in Judge Davidson’s courtroom.

Today, the Daily Journal is reporting that Wilson v. Scruggs— the case in which the illegal approaches to DeLaughter occurred– has “mostly settled,” with Wilson’s lawyer Charlie Merkel as the source:

UPDATE: Wilson v. Scruggs lawsuit settled – mostly by Patsy Brumfield/Daily Journal 1 hr 51 mins ago […]

News Reports of the DeLaughter Change of Plea

Jerry Mitchell’s story begins by focusing on the Beckwith prosecution:

Evers’ brother, Charles, said he’s saddened to see DeLaughter plead guilty. In prosecuting Beckwith, DeLaughter “lost a lot of friends,” he said. “To me, it’s such a terrible thing to see him go out like this. I just hope when the judge sentences him, […]

News Reports of DeLaughter’s Guilty Plea

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 […]