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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Famed Judge Gets 18 Months for Lying to FBI

Famed Miss. judge gets 18 months for lying to FBI
The Associated Press by HOLBROOK MOHR - November 13, 2009

ABERDEEN, Miss. — Bobby DeLaughter, a history-making prosecutor who became a judge, was sentenced Friday to 18 months for federal obstruction in a case that ended his career and brought down some of the most powerful lawyers in Mississippi. The 55-year-old DeLaughter, sentenced by U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson in Aberdeen, apologized in the courtroom. "I do want to express my sincere apologies not only to this honorable court, but to all my former colleagues, the people of Mississippi, and especially the people of Hinds County," DeLaughter said. He must report to prison on Jan. 4. The former Hinds County circuit judge pleaded guilty in July to obstruction of justice. He admitted lying to an FBI agent during a judicial corruption investigation. Davidson said DeLaughter had brought shame to the profession. The judge told DeLaughter he had experienced extreme highs and lows in his career. "You've been to peaks and today you stand in a very deep valley," Davidson said. The bearded DeLaughter was visibly tense. Wearing a dark gray suit, he fidgeted with a jacket button as he approached the bench. DeLaughter (deh-LAW'-ter) made a name for himself in 1994 when he was an assistant district attorney and helped convict Byron de la Beckwith for the 30-year-old murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Evers was gunned down in 1963. The trial was the basis for the 1996 movie "Ghosts of Mississippi," with Alec Baldwin playing DeLaughter. DeLaughter also wrote a book about the case, "Never Too Late: A Prosecutor's Story of Justice in the Medgar Evers Case." DeLaughter's attorney, Thomas Durkin, said he hoped his client's life wouldn't be judged on the obstruction case. "But for this incident, Bobby DeLaughter's life has been nothing short of noble and spectacular. Nothing that happens here today will diminish that," Durkin said after the sentencing. DeLaughter's reputation was solid by 2002, when then-Gov. Ronnie Musgrove appointed him to an open judicial seat. He was later elected to the position. His storied career came crashing down in the bribery scandal that also snagged Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, the chief architect of the multibillion-dollar tobacco litigation of the 1990s, depicted in the movie "The Insider," starring Al Pacino and Russell Crowe. DeLaughter was presiding over a lawsuit in which a lawyer sued Scruggs for a bigger cut of millions of dollars in legal fees from asbestos litigation. Prosecutors said DeLaughter ruled in Scruggs' favor in the case in exchange for a promise that he'd be considered for a federal judgeship. DeLaughter ruled in 2006 that Scruggs didn't owe the former partner anything more than a belated $1.5 million payment. The ruling was contrary to the findings of a special master appointed to weigh the evidence before trial. A settlement was reached in the lawsuit Thursday, said Charlie Merkel, an attorney who represents the lawyer who sued Scruggs. The terms of the settlement agreement were confidential, Merkel said. DeLaughter only pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. As part of DeLaughter's plea deal, prosecutors dropped conspiracy and mail fraud charges. He asked to serve his sentence either in a prison in Montgomery, Ala., or one in Pensacola, Fla. Beckwith's son, Byron de la Beckwith Jr., said, "He's getting a slap on the wrist. A very light slap." He also said DeLaughter should not be allowed to self-report to prison or request where he can serve his time. Wearing a maroon jacket with a Confederate flag pin on the lapel, Beckwith said DeLaughter should have left the court in handcuffs. Medgar Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, said earlier during a telephone interview that she was saddened by DeLaughter's fall. "It's just very sad about what has happened in Bobby's life. I have known him only to be an upstanding citizen, dedicated to his work, and certainly a large degree of bravery that has run through his adult life," Evers-Williams said.

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

I HOPE THIS ARTICLE SETS AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL THE LYING JUDGES THAT ARE COMMITING CRIMES EVERYDAY IN NEW YORK!!! NEW YORK SHOULD BE NEXT.

Anonymous said...

Thomas Perez, was just appointed,
US Attorney for Civil Rights,
he has extensive family history in law and medicine, which means his family is educated and was taught to care....
story is in Buff News
Could this be the man for our cause?

Anonymous said...

How many lying judges are reading this blog everyday and wiping their brows that another day has gone by without a knock on their chamber door?
Just remember......the FBI can wiretap........oh an OCA MO turned back on them....and they can also place bugs in offices.....keep sweating robes amd robettes...but please clean those robes more often now that you just never know..pew!

Anonymous said...

best part is when his grandfather, 1930's in Dominican Republic, was asked to target the Haitians, he resigned and lost everything.....now that is a story and that may be the man....

Anonymous said...

Mr Perez is from Buffalo...and now is the time to grab his ear and relate some nasty hometown discrimination with criminal behavior attached.....by the world renowned NY court system!
I remember TOM before he moved away, as he always liked and trusted me.
The news could not have come at a better time with a more interesting case to establish himself...God is good!

Anonymous said...

10:27 you are so funny
and so true!

Anonymous said...

hey Tom Perez, go to the Buffalo office find out why my US Attorney Office asked me if I was in the psych ward and hear voices......
it is not me, someone is falsifying information all the way to the US Attorney Office.....
a good scam, for the innocent and one who has been witness to crimes, to violate their rights!
Expect a call Tom!

Anonymous said...

who could the psychopath be?
may lead to some politicial ties?
or are they pubic ties?

Anonymous said...

all I heard, was those corrupt bastards, hmmmmm
who could it be?

Anonymous said...

What is the FBI waiting for in NY? Were dispensations granted to Saint Andrew, Patron Saint of Crooked Lawyers and Judges, and his supplicants?

Anonymous said...

hey FBI, do something, this gang of thugs is harming judges and lawyers........
the thugs who lie are the ones who you need to get and get the law changed so they can not do it again.............
this is disgusting using lawyers and judges for personal vendettas from low life's, that make no sense...........

Anonymous said...

we just need to keep praying and complaining and the corrupt will fall, by the Grace of God!

Anonymous said...

even Bruno is stating he wants a fair trial, does he know something about our courts, maybe he will speak to Tom..........

Anonymous said...

even Bruno is stating he wants a fair trial, does he know something about our courts, maybe he will speak to Tom..........

Anonymous said...

dispensations of course, once the corrupt start using lawyers and judges and they are dumb enough to believe the ilk, how do you prove it......the lawyer, judge could get in trouble........
and they give campaign/lobbying money..........
until the money ends this will not end!
until lawyers are fined/disbarred this will not end........
until the citizens start their own organizations to stop these lawyers before it gets out of hand,
it will not stop..........

stop the campaign/lobbying money!

Anonymous said...

hey gov't guys, you got two Joseph's and a Frances for help...
hope they turn them in, they whole scam, that our courts have become!

Anonymous said...

someone must be telling the FEDS to let it go.......cuz they just send you to the AG and we know how the AG works
They are idiots, don't they understand, without law, wars begin........
it is not always the one with the most money that will win.........

Anonymous said...

Saint Andrew, Patron Saint of Crooked Lawyers and Judges, expects his campaign contributions will overcome the revealing of his faithful support of his Master's acts. Saint Andrew, ask your Father, Mario, whether your Master should be served? Will the voters see Colombian Lawyers as in the voter's interest? May Saint Andrew receive all his Master's benefits and in the end receive his just reward. The FBI knows of all this corruption; what are they waiting for?

Jail4Judges said...

ALL Judges LIE,we all know that! Put them in JAIL where they belong!
After all they are Judges and they are entitled to LIE!

Anonymous said...

Andrew needs to come clean, he will get his just reward, it always happens, it is always the way it ends, time to clean up the mess Andrew!

Anonymous said...

if it were not for this blog it would be to difficult to know this is all true, the MO is the same Andrew, get off your butt and do something before the wars really begin! Before people get hurt!

Anonymous said...

I hope the judges and the lawyers are getting paranoid, they deserve it and they should be!
you can not use the law for your benefit to harm others, they will begin to harm you!

Galison said...

DeLaughter actually did some heroic things in his career, which is more than can be said for most of the thugs in New York State.

Perhaps the judge in Miss. was lighter on the sentences because DeLaughter was once a hero.

Lippman, Cahn, Golia, and the First and Second Appellate Mobs have no such capital. They are pigs through and through.

They will need a lot longer than 18 months to learn their lessons.

DRAIN THE SWAMP!

disgusted said...

Say it isn't so ... Judges and their brother attorneys LIE! I'm in shock!

Anonymous said...

I wonder where the law is that covers the FBI lying?

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine the FBI lying...What the hell is this world coming to!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

All that this blog has revealed over the years does not truly tell the stories about OCA and WHAT THEY HAVE DONE AND WHAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF DOING!

Yes...this justice system has been a participant in some very deviant and criminal activities..and those details have been avoided because the detailed truth should only be revealed in an investigation where OCA is not alerted to the provable facts in advance. OCA would be pissing their panties if they knew what is known about them and can be proven!!!

Just a hint about how they operate around the law:
1) They plan illegal activities and state to the order giver...do such and such to whomever...but make sure it does not ever get tied back to us.....because if it does you will hang and we have the billions and connections to do that.
2) They illegally listen to conversations by hiring seedy friends of politicians to plant a device, and if the devices are detected....the politicians and court administrators begin to create and compel a scenerio of mental instability using judicial members to contrive events that include that person in crisis..that they know are completely false.....but proceed with lack of any accountability.
3) They hire psuedo law enforcement officers...jail guards...to commit felony crimes and conduct surveillance....and hope that these key holders can follow directions and maybe pick up hints from the criminals they harass daily.

These are just a few of the situations that the NY court system employs to violate the rights of productive working..... American citizens.......just imagine what they do to prisoners, non-working citizens and the elderly!

The FBI believes they should keep allowing this to happen in America...all the while they chase down evil outside of the US.... keeping us afraid of the enemy abroad...... because then we see what is happening to us right on our own soil and we will then only hope the foreign enemy doesn't come here to do worse!

Are we that dumb.....Americans?

Anonymous said...

So, if the FBI lies, then how about the United States Attorney General Eric Holder? What is he doing about the rampant corruption?

Anonymous said...

if the FBI told the truth always, why don't they return phone calls,
if there some culpability or is it political are they told to?
we know the AG is told to......
we know the Atty Grievnace can white wash..........

and why aren't Cahill, Cohen and friends in jail?
this would be their perfect lead to change the system and have they?
Anderson proved they committed felonies!
Why are they not in jail?

Anonymous said...

hey OCA I called many friends, so you do not know where it is going to come from, will it be friends or the gov't and maybe the favor will be returned.........
it will be from everywhere!
and it will never end, you started it, I will finish it!

Anonymous said...

Can out of state FBI people investigate FBI people in our state......oopsies.....
now answer our calls, return our calls!

Anonymous said...

call Tom Perez, department of justice, 202-514-2151...
flood his office with calls!
let him see the pattern and send in the troops
no lawyer no judge no public official!

Anonymous said...

hey OCA you have been bugged, your accounts have been checked, your neighbors know and those notes you pass we have copies!!!!!!!!!
game is over!

Anonymous said...

hey OCA & billionaire friends, I have also notified the
Rectal Society, your on the shit list, that means your butt is not covered, be careful that stuff can hurt and I heard they didn't have the meds to help you out!

Anonymous said...

back off OCA your peeps are known and those of the Lord will do you in, by using our laws & procedures!

Anonymous said...

Didn't I just read that the FBI knew about the Ft. Hood shooter for years and did nothing?

Just like the previous terror attacks and the financial markets corruption, they only seem to know how to look busy.

One thing they all seem to know how to do is to collect their paychecks and benefits.

That they seem to do very well.

(Does anyone feel like tipping off the President that the failure to investigate the Ft. Hood shooter is not an isolated incident? That this is how the FBI works. Just a suggestion)

Anonymous said...

the FEDS told them the market would crash two years earlier, so they shelled it off, made such a mess of everything, how would anyone prove all of it.........

see even the FEDS can not say anything to a politician, lawyer,
judge.......they are benefitting from it and they will then cover it up........

hey fed guys, tell that politician and thugs, that dog has had his day, and those that he uses what does he care, he used them and they may go to jail
who will tell on him!!!!!!!
let him go to jail!
that will be a better place than where he is going!

Anonymous said...

this is fun, I have atleast 5 more politicial enemies to tell and I will also be using out of state people then I will use even more.......except I tell the truth........and the Rectal Society is the best........
I will hit you from all ends, like you tried to do to me..........
my strength is Christians not what this ilk is!

T Finnan said...

Memo to all NY officials, including judges, chief judges, appellate judges, lawyers, legislators, attorney generals, district attorneys,assistant or deputy attorneys general or district, etc. Please dream about this in the following weeks. A special prosecutor can be appointed. please note the word "never" which follows.
Please note there is no judicial immunity in NY, nor immunity for any NY official under NY Constitution Article § 6. .... The power of grand juries to inquire into the wilful misconduct in office of public officers, and to find indictments or to direct the filing of informations in connection with such inquiries, shall never be suspended or impaired by law. Please, also, follow former Gov. Blogo's federal honest service trial.

Please be aware the political winds have changed. The people are fed up; rumors of torches and pitchforks have arose. Elections bring others to power. Please review this in your dreams.

Anonymous said...

You're a stand up dude T Finnan, keep the faith. This arrogant bum Judge ONLY got 18 months for lying to the FBI! He should get life! Look at the sentencing that he gave out as a Judge and give it back to him in spades. Then see how he likes it. Hey, payback is a BITCH isn't boys and girls.

Anonymous said...

An interesting thing about 'judicial immunity' is that you will not find it in any Constitution or Law.

It's actually something the judges made up.

Aren't judges supposed to apply the laws to facts?

No surprise here.

(Although I know from personal experience that judges can just makeup what ever they want, and the appellate courts will just back them up.)

Anonymous said...

it's garlic and crosses that will stop them...........
they just disinigrate........

Anonymous said...

maybe a few horseheads!

Anonymous said...

I hope this opens the eyes to many Judges that WE THE PEOPLE are aware of your criminal behaviors! The Judges and Commissioners that commit Obstruction of Justice, who violate every person's Due Process, should never see the light of day! Walk in our shoes and see how it feels!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of judicial contrived immunity....NO atty will depose a judge in a civil case...federal or state ....and if a non-judicial witness makes a statement that is attributed to a sitting judge...the AG immediately demands that the statement be sealed within the record...you know the same record that the judges also demand that under oath testimony be removed, extracted and deleted from!

Why is it, that a judge cannot be questioned about his or her conduct...which should be the most scrutinized of anyone...but all non-judicial witnesses are subject to all questions without any obligation or demand for sealing their statements....like in the category of... a male judge calling a female non-atty employee a 'BITCH" while he is sitting on the bench in his robe in a packed courtroom.

The testimony is coming from a court supervisor, who is testifying on OCA'S behalf, and is relating this misbehavior as though it is proper conduct for a male judge to call a female employee...a BITCH...whenever he deems?

Judges and counselors...please weigh in...and oh yea...CJC I need your input....since OCA confirms it and brought it up exclusively ,while I am reciting it from my experience as the victim?!

Is this not immunity in the form of concealment from the eyes of the court?

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