A Mississippi judge pleaded not guilty Thursday to five federal charges in a judicial bribery scheme that has snared some of the state's wealthiest attorneys. Judge Bobby DeLaughter was influenced with a promise that former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott would help him get appointed to the federal bench, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. Lott has not been accused of wrongdoing. A plea deal in which noted attorney Richard Scruggs admitted trying to influence DeLaughter added two years to Scruggs' sentence Tuesday.
Miss. Judge Pleads Not Guilty in Bribery Case
The Associated Press
February 13, 2009