Judge In Scruggs Bribery Fiasco Pleads Guilty

Law360, New York (July 31, 2009, 7:03 PM EDT) -- Bobby B. DeLaughter, the fabled Mississippi judge ensnared in the Richard “Dickie” Scruggs bribery scandal, has inked a plea agreement with prosecutors and now faces at least 18 months in prison for obstruction of justice.

With a trial slated for next month, DeLaughter pled guilty Thursday to obstructing Scruggs’ corruption investigation and grand jury proceeding. The court has yet to approve the deal; the crime carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and a $250,000 fine, according to the plea agreement.

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