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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Federal Judge Denies Motions to Dismiss Charges Against Corrupt County Judge

Judge denies motions to dismiss against circuit judge
The Oxford Eagle by Alyssa Schnugg - May 20, 2009

A federal judge denied motions Tuesday to dismiss charges against Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter who was charged with scheming with former famed attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and several others to rule in favor of Scruggs during a lawsuit for his own gain. DeLaughter was indicted in February on charges of conspiracy, three counts of mail fraud and obstruction. He has been suspended from the bench since March 2008 while the state Judicial Performance Commission pursues the matter. In February, he pleaded not guilty to all charges, while Scruggs pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years for his role in the scheme. Prosecutors allege DeLaughter was persuaded to rule in favor of Scruggs, hoping Scruggs could get him a federal judge appointment with the help of his brother-in-law, former Sen. Trent Lott. DeLaughter’s attorneys filed motions to dismiss the charges in April, claiming that DeLaughter did not receive a “thing of value.” DeLaughter’s motion argued that “since he was never appointed to the federal bench, he did not receive anything of value as required by the statute,” the motion reads. He claims he wrote letters to Lott and Sen. Thad Cochran expressing his desire to be considered for appointment prior to alleged conspiracy.

But U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson ruled Tuesday that whether or not DeLaughter was appointed to the federal bench had no bearing on this agreement to accept consideration. Davidson ruled that a federal judgeship could be found to be a “thing of value.” Davidson also ruled Tuesday against a motion to dismiss the mail fraud and obstruction charges. DeLaughter is accused of giving Scruggs’ legal team “secret access” to the court through the use of the U.S. Postal Service, and giving Scruggs an unfair advantage. The government claims DeLaughter “accepted a secret” communication from the Scruggs legal team, essentially reversing his earlier ruling and accepting, almost verbatim, a scheduling order favorable to Scruggs and using the U.S. mail service to mail the copy of the order. DeLaughter’s attorneys argued that the mailings were required by state law and fail to allege either bribery or material nondisclosure. Davidson ruled the indictment “sufficiently alleges conduct of bribery” ... and there is enough evidence for the indictment that DeLaughter had improper communications with Scruggs’ legal teams. DeLaughter’s trial is scheduled for Aug. 17 in Oxford.
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8 comments:

Bronx victim said...

I had a case in NY where the administrative judge wrote to another judge in a different county to improperly influence a case. I believe Mail Fraud is alive and well in New York State!

Anonymous said...

In the New Yuck State courts, fraud is part of proper procedures and also accepted as a legal stragedy.

Anonymous said...

The system has become so corrupted, that anyone honest has a difficult time.. This includes... Judges, Lawyers, LEO's, Litigants etc...

Doing what is right isn't easy...

but a Title must be earned through action, and not merely a declared...

To whom much is given, much is required...

Anonymous said...

Why do you think OCA is blocking....ALL INFILTRATION...through terrorization,threats and termination of all HONEST employees(insiders)... just so they can serve as examples if anyone of those poor suckers even thinks of coming forward...they will be most assuredly ruined financially and their reputation in their city will be lower than crap!

OCA IS A ORGANIZED CRIME INSTITUTION...THAT THE FBI IS ABSOLUTELY AFRAID TO INVESTIGATE.
THAT SPEAKS TO HOW BRUTAL THE NY JUDICIARY HAS BECOME AND CONTINUES TO OPERATE?
THE PUBLIC WILL FEEL IT'S TERROR "OPENLY"...REAL SOON...AS OCA IS RE-ORGANIZING WITH LIPPMAN SWITCHING ADMINISTRATORS WITHIN JOBS WE HAVE NEVER HEARD OF AND TO AREAS THESE CRIMINLAS ARE UNKNOWN...WATCH AND SEE....OCA IS AWARE OF THIS BLOG AND THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO CIRCUMVENT THE ANGER IT HAS CREATED.

DO NOT BE TAKEN IN BY THEIR SUBTLETY!

Anonymous said...

judges "fixing" and interfering in other cases appears to have been the standard normal practice in the third department for 10 years or more with the state commission on judicial conduct, spitzer's office, the discipline committees and the upstate feds not caring at all or perhaps part of the gig in some instances.

Anonymous said...

OMG. Where is Frank Serpico when us 'conspiracy theorists' need him ?

Anonymous said...

Don't worry, NYS Senator Sampson is right on top of this as he is going to be holding the first of three hearings regarding the Grievance Commitees and Commission on Judicial Conduct, in Albany on 6/8/09. That should be a barrel of laughs. Maybe SNL can go there and tape it.

pete f

Anonymous said...

No one outside of downstate and state politiicans..even know what a Sampson is....so these hearings must be meant for all of you..exclusively!
So downstate...it is up to you to make us proud and whip this corruption in the butt!
We up here will wait for the progress.

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