Feds seize $425,000 from former Hinds DA

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Federal authorities have seized $425,000 from former Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters.

Court records show prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of the money because it allegedly was part of a payment in a bribery scheme. While no formal charges have been made public, authorities have claimed that Peters conspired to bribe Hinds County Judge Bobby DeLaughter on behalf of attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

Peters has not responded to request for comment. DeLaughter, who has been suspended from the bench, says he did nothing wrong. The only person convicted in the case is disbarred Booneville attorney Joey Langston. Prosecutors say the money was transferred from Langston to Peters. Scruggs is in prison for conspiring to bribe a different judge.

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