Mabus Divorce Controversy

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Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter told attorneys in Mississippi's first clergy malpractice case he knows he'll set a legal precedent when he decides whether to dismiss a portion of the case or allow it to go to trial.

The remarks were made during a hearing Friday at the Hinds County Courthouse.

Julie Mabus filed a suit against former Episcopal priest Jerry McBride after he allegedly allowed former Gov. Ray Mabus to secretly audiotape a conversation the three had at the couple's Jackson home.

Julie Mabus filed the lawsuit against McBride, St. James Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, saying the tape was eventually used against her during her divorce. She said it contributed to a judge's decision to award legal custody of their two young children to her former husband.

If the case proceeds to trial, it will be the first time a Mississippi jury has grappled with the claim of clergy malpractice. No trial date has been set.