To some, there is no price that could be put on the work that Bobby DeLaughter has done.
Granted a special place in America’s history books for spearheading an effort that lead to the conviction of Byron de la Beckwith, the man that assassinated NAACP chief Medgar Evers, Delaughter now finds himself in the position where he will have to muster ever iota of strength and cunning in an effort to stay alive mentally and physically.
The 55-year-old former prosecutor and judge is scheduled to hand himself over to officials in McCreary, Kentucky, home of one of our nation’s most infamous federal prison camps, a punishment handed down to him by a former colleague after he plead guilty to not being honest with the FBI about conversations that he had with a former boss.
During his time as a judge, DeLaughter ruled in favor of Richard “Dickie” Scruggs in exchange for a promise that Scruggs would use his considerable resources and connections to guarantee that he would be given a federal judgeship.
Scruggs was a giant in the tobacco litigation of two decades ago and was immortalized by Al Pacino and Russell Crowe in the movie “The Insider.”
For perjuring himself in the name of ambition, DeLaughter is facing 18 months in prison; small pittance for what he was facing before charges of mail fraud and conspiracy were dropped.