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By: Magnolia Tribune - January 17, 2008

Mississippi’s bribery scandal taking on “Tennessee Waltz” proportions

“It’s speculation on my part, but it will get bigger, wider and deeper in my opinion. ” says Oxford Lawyer Joe Pegram.

Tuesday, former state auditor Steve Patterson pled guilty in the case which has lead to other charges of bribery and other judges.

Even Scruggs former attorney, Joey Langston of Boonville has pled guilty to conspiracy charges in a case which has apparent connections to Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters and his longtime friend Hinds Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter down in Jackson.

It all came crashing down around a cadre of lawyers when Lafayette Circuit Judge Henry Lackey blew the whistle and brought down their bribery scheme.

“Of all the judges in Mississippi, they picked out the worst one to try to bribe because he is just honest to the day. He’s the most hones person I’ve known.” said Pegram who has known both Scruggs and Judge Lackey for years and says it’s a very dark time for Mississippi’s legal profession.


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