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Jerry Mitchell summarizes the state of play on honest services fraud

Jerry Mitchell wrote Sunday about honest services fraud cases.  Before getting to that, there’s a news bit that repeats an interesting bit from a prior story about the Paul Minor proseuction.  Previously, I’d posted about the most interesting unexplained bit in a story about the Minor case.  He repeats it here:

U.S. Attorney Don […]

Sentencing Bobby DeLaughter

This afternoon, Judge Davidson sentenced Bobby DeLaughter to 18 months (and granted his request that he ask the Bureau of Prisons for either Montgomery or Pensacola).

There was no real news. DeLaughter’s lawyer, Tom Durkin, apologized, which DeLaughter repeated in his brief statement.  In imposing sentence, Judge Davidson stated, “I conclude your relationship with […]

A haunting picture

At the press conference after the guilty plea, left to right, Byron de la Beckwith, VII, Tom Durkin (DeLaughter’s laywer), and Bobby DeLaughter.  Beckwith came up and parked himself there after the press conference began; Durkin had no idea who he […]

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, […]

From the DeLaughter change of plea hearing

This morning, Bobby DeLaughter submitted his resignation to Governor Barbour as a circuit judge.  This afternoon, he entered a guilty plea to obstruction of justice under a plea agreement that (if the judge accepts it) puts him in jail for 18 months and does not require that he cooperate.

The real drama at the […]

Ghosts who turn up at Bobby DeLaughter’s guilty plea

In the audience at the guilty plea, white supremacist Richard Barrett was seated next to Byron de la Beckwith’s son, who was wearing a bright red blazer and a confederate lapel pin.  Barrett did not recognize Beckwith, who knew Barrett and was toying with him, saying he knew who Barrett was.  Most creapily, Beckwith […]