Former Mississippi Judge Reports to Prison

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Bobby DeLaughter, a former Mississippi prosecutor and judge whose legal conquests became the subject of books and a movie, has reported to a federal prison for lying to the FBI in a judicial bribery investigation.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Felicia Ponce says DeLaughter reported to a Kentucky prison before his 2 p.m. Monday deadline.

DeLaughter was sentenced to 18 months for lying about secret conversations he had with a lawyer while presiding over a case as a Hinds County judge.

DeLaughter became well known in 1994 as a prosecutor when he helped convict Byron de la Beckwith for the 30-year-old murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. The case was the basis for the 1996 movie "Ghosts of Mississippi."


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