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(Dickie) Scruggs arrested on bribery charges
Clarion Ledger \link only | 11-28-07

Posted on 11/28/2007 3:08:07 PM PST by WKB

(Dickie) Scruggs arrested on bribery charges


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: dickiescruggs; katrinafraud; lawyers; lott; scruggs
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1 posted on 11/28/2007 3:08:07 PM PST by WKB
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To: WKB

Ruh roh....


2 posted on 11/28/2007 3:08:48 PM PST by gridlock (Recycling is the new Religion.)
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To: wardaddy; ejonesie22; bkwells; DogwoodSouth; WileyPink; jmax; Islander7; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

Mississippi ping


3 posted on 11/28/2007 3:08:57 PM PST by WKB (FDT= Alabama's song from1982 He's "Close Enough To Perfect For Me")
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To: WKB

who is Dickie Scruggs?


4 posted on 11/28/2007 3:11:18 PM PST by Eva
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To: Eva

Amongst other things, he is Trent Lott’s brother-in-law.


5 posted on 11/28/2007 3:13:09 PM PST by gridlock (Recycling is the new Religion.)
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To: gridlock

Hmmm, connect the dots.


6 posted on 11/28/2007 3:13:53 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SE Mom; Laverne; maica; Lancey Howard; Enchante; MNJohnnie; piasa; Buckhead; kcvl; Southack; ...

Lott’s brother-in-law.


7 posted on 11/28/2007 3:14:08 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Eva

BTW, you know that Trent Lott is resigning from the Senate at the end of this session... Just a coincidence, of course...


8 posted on 11/28/2007 3:14:34 PM PST by gridlock (Recycling is the new Religion.)
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To: STARWISE

But he sounds so much like a Democrat:

Ask Dickie Scruggs about his upbringing, and he says, smiling, “We were so poor that if I hadn’t been a boy, I wouldn’t have had anything to play with.”

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,49449,00.html


9 posted on 11/28/2007 3:15:52 PM PST by Enchante (Democrat terror-fighting motto: "BLEAT - CHEAT - RETREAT - DEFEAT - REPEAT")
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To: Eva
Other than being Trent Lott’s BIL he is a no good bum trial
lawyer
http://news.google.com/news?q=scruggs&sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1B2GGGL_en___US176&um=1&sa=N&tab=wn
10 posted on 11/28/2007 3:15:53 PM PST by WKB (FDT= Alabama's song from1982 He's "Close Enough To Perfect For Me")
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To: Eva
Trent lotts kind folk
11 posted on 11/28/2007 3:16:43 PM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: WKB

Any kin to Ricky Bobby?


12 posted on 11/28/2007 3:16:50 PM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: gridlock

I guess that we now know why old Trent is resigning. He just couldn’t withstand another scandal, even if it only involved his brother-in-law, which is doubtful.


13 posted on 11/28/2007 3:16:51 PM PST by Eva
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To: Enchante

LOL ..


14 posted on 11/28/2007 3:18:10 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: WKB

Good for the judge.


15 posted on 11/28/2007 3:19:09 PM PST by Iwo Jima ("Close the border. Then we'll talk.")
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To: Eva

go here and do a search. They’ve got plenty of info.

www.wsj.com


16 posted on 11/28/2007 3:19:21 PM PST by cowtowney
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To: WKB

Good for the judge.


17 posted on 11/28/2007 3:20:07 PM PST by Iwo Jima ("Close the border. Then we'll talk.")
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To: Eva

Scruggs in one of the riches trial lawyers in the country. He specializes in class action lawsuits and has a net worth over $1B!!!! He has a large firm in MS and sues major national and multinational corporations on behalf of MS residents who may or may not have been actually harmed in any way.

Scruggs is so good at what he does that he doesn’t need to go on TV and advertise. He doesn’t have to put his name on all kinds of things or do publicity interviews. He operates under the radar mostly while still ravaging corporate America.


18 posted on 11/28/2007 3:20:57 PM PST by bpjam (Harry Reid doesn't even have 32% of my approval)
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To: STARWISE
Lott’s brother-in-law.

Well, I guess this explains Lott's sudden resignation.

19 posted on 11/28/2007 3:22:48 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: bpjam

Just skimming through some of the links on Google he sounds like a major league a-wipe, the kind of unethical trial lawyer that makes the Breck Girl look like a nun. The kind of scum-sucking parasite that has been milking “the system” for a long time at the expense of sound public policy and reasonable laws well interpreted...... even if he is B-I-L to Trent Lott he must be a Demagogue..... or most certainly a RINO.


20 posted on 11/28/2007 3:26:11 PM PST by Enchante (Democrat terror-fighting motto: "BLEAT - CHEAT - RETREAT - DEFEAT - REPEAT")
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To: bpjam
This is a very good read about these fat cats and their money games, and their $50 million jets.


21 posted on 11/28/2007 3:27:56 PM PST by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: gridlock

Once again proves that anyone who thinks “The Devil’s Advocate” is a work of fiction hasn’t spent much time around lawyers.


22 posted on 11/28/2007 3:35:18 PM PST by lapster
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To: WKB

Well, I can understand why Trent resigned after pondering Ecclesiastes and having family over for Thanksgiving. Makes perfect sense. And maybe the preacher at FBC Jackson was in the know about what was coming down the pike for Trent’s bil. You know the way things are in power circles in Mississippi. You may as well be in the smallest town in the state. Word gets around fast. And then again, the Spirit works in mysterious ways . . .

You take care of your lady bug problem yet? I’m going to have to disassemble this keyboard and clean it. We seem to spill a lot of tea and diet coke in this thing. It’s not like we have a cheap keyboard. Hubby has to have an ergonometric keyboard that costs up the wazoo. But we have nine children who are magnets for liquid spills in keyboards. I’ll probably find a bag of chips crunched in here . . .


23 posted on 11/28/2007 3:35:24 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Enchante
"Ask Dickie Scruggs about his upbringing, and he says, smiling, “We were so poor that if I hadn’t been a boy, I wouldn’t have had anything to play with.”

I like my Father in-laws expression better.

We were so poor our Momma cut holes in our pockets so we had something to play with.

24 posted on 11/28/2007 3:52:31 PM PST by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: Lancey Howard
"Well, I guess this explains Lott's sudden resignation."

Bullcart, look at the Dem's, Bill's brother, Jimmy's brother, Hillery's brother.

Lott fell on the sword and payed the consequences.

Apparent coward that he is.

25 posted on 11/28/2007 3:57:07 PM PST by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: Eva

One hell of a banjo player!


26 posted on 11/28/2007 3:59:18 PM PST by Jagman (I drank Frank Rabelais under the table!)
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To: WKB
Excellent news! But could some lawyer out there please explain: Assuming they didn't use the federal postal system, why is it a federal crime if Scruggs et al. tried to bribe a state judge?
27 posted on 11/28/2007 4:03:39 PM PST by Hawthorn
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To: Lancey Howard

Could be, but I still think the lure
of big lobbyist $$$ is calling him.


28 posted on 11/28/2007 4:06:12 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Eva
who is Dickie Scruggs?

He's a scumbag trial lawyer who raked in a billion dollars from the tobacco settlement. He's now extorting insurance companies over Katrina.

29 posted on 11/28/2007 4:08:55 PM PST by JoeGar
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To: Hawthorn
But could some lawyer out there please explain: Assuming they didn't use the federal postal system, why is it a federal crime if Scruggs et al. tried to bribe a state judge?

The feds always base their jurisdiction in these cases on mail fraud (something in the case was mailed) or on wire fraud (use of interstate phone calls, faxes, emails or bank wire transfers).

It's virtually impossible to do any business transaction-- legitimate or otherwise-- without using the mails or "interstate wires."

30 posted on 11/28/2007 4:09:37 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: STARWISE
“big lobbyist $$$ is calling him.”

Maybe he has plans to take over his bil’s firm when the bil goes to prison.

Sounds more profitable than being a lobbyist.

31 posted on 11/28/2007 4:13:42 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Lurking Libertarian
> It's virtually impossible to do any business transaction-- legitimate or otherwise-- without using the mails or "interstate wires." <

I understand. But Scruggs and the Judge are in the same town, Oxford. And it seems to me that Scruggs et al. surely would have been smart enough to know that they should approach the Judge only in person -- never over the phone or via post.

32 posted on 11/28/2007 4:15:22 PM PST by Hawthorn
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To: WKB
There is not a jury in the entire state of Mississippi that hasn’t already been bought off by Scruggs; they will play hell making any charges stick.
33 posted on 11/28/2007 4:15:32 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Hawthorn
And it seems to me that Scruggs et al. surely would have been smart enough to know that they should approach the Judge only in person -- never over the phone or via post.

Yes, but some document in the case in which the judge was bribed will have been mailed.

34 posted on 11/28/2007 4:18:10 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: dalereed

I think it would be whole lot easier
to schmooze your former political
buddies at lunches, dinners, trips,
pushing your client’s good/services/needs
than practicing law .. LOL


35 posted on 11/28/2007 4:25:44 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: WKB

I’ll bring the rope!!!

LLS


36 posted on 11/28/2007 4:26:40 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: Hawthorn

Maybe it was obstruction of justice.


37 posted on 11/28/2007 4:27:09 PM PST by enots
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To: WKB
I think the media should ask hildebeast about her fundraiser at his home last week in Oxford!

LLS

38 posted on 11/28/2007 4:27:45 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: bpjam

He is facing 75 years in prison and a 1.5 mil fine... and rumor is that the IRS is sniffing around.

LLS


39 posted on 11/28/2007 4:28:48 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: LibLieSlayer; WKB; All

I just read the indictment (PDF link at the top of the Clarion-Ledger website). They’re charging him and his son (sweet little Zach, for whom I babysat many years ago) with conspiracy, wire fraud, and bribery. The bribery is a federal crime when the “bribee” is a local government that receives federal funds. This is really some pretty serious heavy-duty stuff here. There were rumors that Scruggs was just as guilty as Paul Minor in the last judicial bribery case tried by the feds, but that he skated because of some shady deal involving Mike Moore (too complicated to go into here). Look for him to mount a vigorous defense and try to go after his accusers.


40 posted on 11/28/2007 4:31:45 PM PST by pollyg107
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To: vetvetdoug
They have an iron clad case... FBI wiretaps... fund transfers and the Judge turned States Evidence against scruggs. The Judge took 40G’s from dickie and the FBI deal offered to him.

LLS

41 posted on 11/28/2007 4:33:34 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: pollyg107

My info is that he is done like a Christmas goose. They worked hard for this... and the Feds have their end nailed shut.

LLS


42 posted on 11/28/2007 4:35:48 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Wow, you have good sources. I think we can strike Mike Moore from the list of potential dem. senate candidates to replace Lott. He and Scruggs are way, way too close.


43 posted on 11/28/2007 4:51:27 PM PST by pollyg107
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To: LibLieSlayer

Gonna be interestin’ in MS when this trial gets started.


44 posted on 11/28/2007 4:57:06 PM PST by petitfour
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To: WKB

WOW!

Never in my life did I think I would see this!


45 posted on 11/28/2007 4:58:54 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: pollyg107; LibLieSlayer

Thank you both for your posts.

Very interesting info in them.


46 posted on 11/28/2007 5:08:11 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: pollyg107

And next door in Alabama, our ex-govenor, Democrat Don Siegelman is still in prison.


47 posted on 11/28/2007 5:10:52 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: WKB

WHOA! So was evidence of this what the FBI was looking for in his office earlier this week?


48 posted on 11/28/2007 5:23:19 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: petitfour

It truly will be!

LLS


49 posted on 11/28/2007 6:12:14 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: JoeGar
"He's a scumbag trial lawyer who raked in a billion dollars from the tobacco settlement. He's now extorting insurance companies over Katrina."

And I believe one of his clients is Trent Lott who was upset with his insurance company after Katrina.

50 posted on 11/28/2007 7:24:41 PM PST by OldEagle
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