‘King of Torts’ has finally abdicated

October 8, 2013

Legal Affairs

The legal saga of Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is finally over.

The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to hear an appeal from the former attorney who earned the nickname “King of Torts” and amassed a fortune from the tobacco-related lawsuits in the 1990s.

Scruggs, who practiced out of Oxford, pleaded guilty to trying to influence a Mississippi judge back in 2009. Scruggs offered to contact his brother-in-law, former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), and recommend the judge for a federal bench post in return for a favorable verdict in a case involving Scruggs that was before the judge.

Though he pleaded guilty, Scruggs began appealing his conviction in 2010. But he lost in courtroom after courtroom, and now the nation’s highest court won’t even bother with him.

It is rather ironic that Scruggs, who totally disrespected the courts, when forced to work through that same system — honestly this time — couldn’t win. It should reaffirm that our legal system is not broken, and at least in this case justice has indeed prevailed.

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