I’m a bit under the weather today so just a quick post for now.
The Daily Journal has the transcript of Joey Langston’s guilty plea, which contains this passage:
At about that time, Langston, working with Balducci and
Steven A . Patterson, contacted and retained the services of Ed
Peters, a close personal friend of Judge DeLaughter. For his
services , Langston agreed to pay Peters $50,000 in cash. After
paying the $50,000, the parties agreed that they would also
divide any money over and above what Scruggs was willing to pay
in the Wilson matter.
In the end, based on this reverse contingency fee, Peters
received an additional $950,000 for his services. After hiring
Peters, Langston and Timothy R . Balducci and Steven A .
Patterson were in regular contact either by phone or by
facsimile concerning the case; and the three traveled regularly
from the Northern District of Mississippi to Jackson,
Mississippi, to meet with Peters in person to discuss issues
concerning the Wilson litigation.
While Peters was not fully cognizant of the issues
surrounding the litigation, he would relay whatever information
he received from Langston, Balducci, and Patterson to Judge
DeLaughter before any of this information was filed with the
Court. In at least one instance, Judge DeLaughter e -mailed a
rough draft of an opinion he planned to enter to Peters . And
Langston and Balducci and Patterson would be able to see it
before any filed – – final version was filed.
During the course of the litigation, Langston and Scruggs
were also aware that Judge DeLaughter was interested in a
position as a federal judge. Based on this knowledge, Scruggs
told Langston to let the Judge know that if he ruled in his
favor he would pass his name along for consideration regarding
the federal judgeship. Langston then informed Peters, who, in
turn, passed the information along to Judge DeLaughter. The
Government would further show that, in fact, DeLaughter’ s name
was submitted for consideration for a federal judgeship, and
DeLaughter was so notified.
Here’s a story on the Langston transcript and plea by Patsy Brumfield of the Daily Journal.
Here’s another story on events by Jerry Mitchell of the Clarion Ledger. According to the story, Judge DeLaughter continued to deny any wrongdoing.