Published 9:22 pm Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 13 for his part in a Mississippi judicial corruption scheme.

An order filed this week set DeLaughter’s sentencing by U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson in Aberdeen.

DeLaughter pleaded guilty July 30 to an obstruction charge in a case involving Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, who was one of the nation’s most successful tort lawyers before going to federal prison.

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Prosecutors have recommended an 18-month sentence for DeLaughter, who is free on bond. DeLaughter resigned the day he pleaded guilty.

DeLaughter became well known in the 1990s after helping prosecute Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963 sniper shooting of Mississippi NAACP leader Medgar Evers.