Judge: Langston letters will be open to media

Published 11:50 pm Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Letters written to U.S. District Chief Judge Michael P. Mills in an attempt to influence his decision on the sentencing of former attorney Joey Langston will be made available to the media.

Mills made that ruling Monday in the case of Langston who helped put trial lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs behind bars. He will be sentenced Dec. 16 for attempting to influence Hinds County Judge Bobby DeLaughter, according to court documents.

The Booneville attorney was representing Scruggs when Scruggs became entangled in a high-profile bribery scandal last year. It wasn’t long before the FBI raided Langston’s office, then pressured him to take a plea bargain and cooperate with investigators.

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The letters on behalf of Langston will be available for scrutiny Wednesday.