COLLATERAL DAMAGE FROM THE FALL OF ZEUS
December 30, 2010 § 2 Comments
Hinds County Circuit Judge Swan Yerger yesterday dismissed with prejudice Eaton Corporation’s lawsuit against Jeffery Frisby, et al., based on a finding that counsel for Eaton knew that Ed Peters was clandestinely attempting to influence the then trial judge, Bobby DeLaughter, and sanctioned Peters’ actions for their client’s benefit.
Judge Yerger found that dismissal of the billion-dollar suit was necessary to protect the integrity of the judicial system. Philip Thomas comments on it here, with links to much more information on the suit. Tom Freeland adds his thoughts here.
The demise of Eaton’s suit is collateral damage from the Scruggs judicial scandal, which shed the light of day on Ed Peters’ activities vis a vis Judge DeLaughter in Scruggs’ legal battle with the Wilson law firm and gave reason to scrutinize his actions in Eaton. If Balducci’s efforts to corrupt Judge Lackey had succeeded or never been reported, what is the likelihood that the improprieties in Eaton would ever have been uncovered? And if Peters had gone undetected, would the defendants have suffered a billion-dollar miscarriage of justice? Thankfully, we will never know for sure.