Former Mississippi prosecutor and judge Bobby DeLaughter has reported to prison for federal charges.

Jackson, Mississippi (WiredPRNews.com) – Civil rights era Mississippi prosecutor and judge Bobby DeLaughter reported to jail Monday to begin serving an 18-month sentence. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), DeLaughter was sentenced in a plea deal after being accused of bribery and judicial misconduct. He was sentenced in November after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice charge in connection with a 2006 ruling in the case of former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, which he presided over.

DeLaughter is most known for aiding in the conviction of Byron De La Beckwith in 1994, for the 1963 assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. DeLaughter’s high profile 1994 case, served as the basis for the movie, “Ghosts of Mississippi.” He also wrote a book on the prosecution of the case titled, “Never Too Late: A Prosecutor’s Story of Justice in the Medgar Evers Case.”

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