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Dickie Scruggs goes to halfway house to await release

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Disbarred Mississippi attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs has been moved to a halfway house in Montgomery, Ala., as he awaits release after serving time in a federal prison for a judicial corruption conviction. The 67-year-old Scruggs was sentenced to seven years in 2009 for allegedly influencing former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter in a civil lawsuit. Prosecutors ...

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Ex-state auditor: Lott's call to Delaughter 'pretty stupid'

OXFORD — A former associate of imprisoned attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs has testified he opposed bribing a Hinds County judge because a friend of the jurist was feeding them information on a civil lawsuit over legal fees. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the testimony of Steve Patterson, a former state auditor, came Monday in federal court in Oxford. Testimony ...

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Ex-Sen. Lott testifies in brother-in-law Scruggs' case

OXFORD — Former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) has testified that he never promised to recommend a Hinds County judge for a federal post and never consulted with his brother-in-law — imprisoned former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs — when he reviewed candidate’s resumes for those jobs. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Lott was the first witness today in federal ...

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Judge rules Scruggs must remain in jail

OXFORD — Imprisoned former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs will remain in a local jail during March 26 court proceedings on his effort to overturn his 2009 conviction in a judicial corruption case involving former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson has denied Scruggs’ request to stay and prepare ...

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Judge to hold conference on USF&G lawsuit

JACKSON — A federal judge plans to talk with attorneys this month about how to move forward with a seven-year-old lawsuit linked to a corruption case that sent one of Mississippi’s most prominent lawyers and two former judges to prison. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate has scheduled a status conference in the case for Sept. 23. The plaintiff in the ...

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Judge orders split of Peters' seized funds

OXFORD — A federal judge has signed off on a split of $425,000 seized as part of the judicial corruption investigation in Mississippi. The money was taken from former Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters. Peters allegedly was paid $1 million on behalf of former Mississippi attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs to influence Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter in a ...

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