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Dickie Scruggs Connection To Earn P.L. Blake $50 Million
AP via WDSU ^ | 12/17/2007 | Not Given

Posted on 12/19/2007 1:59:23 PM PST by WoofDog123

BILOXI, Miss. -- Court records showed through ties to attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, P.L. Blake will earn $50 million.

The Sun Herald reported Blake is earning that money for clipping newspaper articles and alerting Scruggs to maneuvering in political "cloakrooms," as Scruggs put it, from Mississippi to Washington.

Scruggs has said that Blake will earn $50 million in fees over 20 years from Scruggs' share of tobacco settlements.

Mike Moore, who as Mississippi's attorney general guided the tobacco litigation, has said he was unaware Scruggs is paying Blake such a large sum.

Accounts of how Blake earned the money are vague and contradictory.

Even more surprising, Blake and Scruggs were unable to explain whether they sealed their business agreement with a handshake or in writing.

Court records also indicate Scruggs sent $10 million in initial tobacco payments to Blake, passing them through intermediary Joey Langston, a Booneville attorney who shared Scruggs' ride to fortune on Moore's tobacco train.

Scruggs is now facing bribery charges of his own.

The FBI also has searched Langston's office, but he has not been charged with a crime. The U.S. Justice Department charges Scruggs, in yet another dispute over attorney's fees, helped concoct a scheme to bribe a North Mississippi judge with $50,000.

The lawsuit, filed in March, involves $25.6 million from a settlement for State Farm policyholders over Hurricane Katrina damage.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: bribery; dickiescruggs; lott; scruggs
Giving the guy 50 million, no contract, apparently not friends, for newspaper clippings, etc. Not sure how much of the money Blake still has.

Would appear Mr Blake might have been/be the bagman for Scruggs. That kind of money went a lot further than the MS legislature. Will we ever hear the real story? IF it involves enough elected people, I do not for a minute believe even the feds will blow the whole thing open.

1 posted on 12/19/2007 1:59:24 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: WKB; wardaddy; ejonesie22; bkwells; DogwoodSouth; WileyPink; jmax; Islander7; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

MS Ping


2 posted on 12/19/2007 2:02:17 PM PST by petitfour
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To: WoofDog123

I’d like to see a photo of Mr. Blake.

Also, there was a much longer article on this subject in The Clarion Ledger earlier in the week, maybe Sunday. I didn’t post it because it was the C-L, and they have such painful posting rules. I knew someone would eventually pick up the story.


3 posted on 12/19/2007 2:05:09 PM PST by petitfour
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Clarion Liar Version Here
4 posted on 12/19/2007 3:01:47 PM PST by WKB (FDT= Alabama's song from1982 He's "Close Enough To Perfect For Me")
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To: WKB

What is the chances that the Scrugg’s problems will also affect the recently retired Trent Lott?


5 posted on 12/19/2007 3:07:10 PM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: iopscusa

So far Lott’s name has not come up but
it sure is a strange coincidence.


6 posted on 12/19/2007 3:08:55 PM PST by WKB (FDT= Alabama's song from1982 He's "Close Enough To Perfect For Me")
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To: petitfour

from individual.com

“As for Blake, he beat charges 20 years earlier that he conspired to pay off bank officers in exchange for loans. Scruggs helped Blake through that difficult time, loaning Blake money — $10,000 and then $15,000 a month — before the tobacco cases paid off. “


7 posted on 12/19/2007 3:12:22 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: WKB

“So far Lott’s name has not come up but
it sure is a strange coincidence.”

all it would take is a moderately ill-advised phone conversation between lott and scruggs recorded by the feds to create a problem for lott.

I do not believe his retirement is a coincidence.


8 posted on 12/19/2007 3:13:53 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: WoofDog123
I had heard from a very reliable source that Trent
would not run for reelection in 5 years.
But that is quite a stretch from retiring
at the end of this year.
Nothing would surprise me.
9 posted on 12/19/2007 3:28:29 PM PST by WKB (FDT= Alabama's song from1982 He's "Close Enough To Perfect For Me")
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To: WKB

yallpolitics.com has all kinds of blogs about this topic. Obviously everything in the comments is heresay (like freerepublic) but it does give one the impression that Mike Moore wants a senate seat, yet now is unequivocally not running.


10 posted on 12/19/2007 3:38:10 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: WoofDog123
"Court records also indicate Scruggs sent $10 million in initial tobacco payments to Blake, passing them through intermediary Joey Langston, a Booneville attorney who shared Scruggs' ride to fortune on Moore's tobacco train."

Yet another example of how the tobacco settlement was never about "public health" it was just a massive democrat campaign donation scheme. The whole global warming hoax is an even bigger example of this.

11 posted on 12/19/2007 3:59:03 PM PST by boop (Who doesn't love poison pot pies?)
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To: WKB

Thank you, sir!

It seems like the story has changed from when I first read it late, late Sunday night. There was something about Senator Eastland in there. Or maybe I dreamed that up or read something about Senator Eastland somewhere else in the last week. It all runs together after a while . . .

I may have to get out my MS Sovereignty Commission book again and see if there’s anything about this feller in it.


12 posted on 12/19/2007 4:04:21 PM PST by petitfour
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To: WKB

This from the Sun-Herald is even juicier:

http://www.sunherald.com/278/story/251222.html


13 posted on 12/19/2007 4:13:39 PM PST by petitfour
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To: WoofDog123

Balducci is selling Dickie down the river as we speak.

look for breadloaves with quicksilver on the horizon


14 posted on 12/19/2007 4:18:03 PM PST by wardaddy (I have come to the conclusion that even though imperfect....Thompson is my choice.)
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To: boop

“Yet another example of how the tobacco settlement was never about “public health” it was just a massive democrat campaign donation scheme.”

why democrats? You think something this big isn’t bipartisan?


15 posted on 12/19/2007 4:21:26 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: wardaddy

“Balducci is selling Dickie down the river as we speak.”

Yeah, the game is up for Scruggs.

I am more curious to see how far the various trails (Blake is most interesting) are pursued, as at some point the feds will reach connections they cannot touch without political approval from the top of DoJ, and even then may only get limited access/permission.


16 posted on 12/19/2007 4:23:54 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: WoofDog123

Rumor is that the head dog running this thing at FBI wants to blow the lid clean off. Like I said... rumor... but it comes from a decent source.

LLS


17 posted on 12/19/2007 4:49:10 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims and vote Fred!)
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To: WKB

I have heard that Trent had planned this... but that comes from a very close and pro Lott man. I just do not know what the truth is... but the truth will out one day. It always does in the end.

LLS


18 posted on 12/19/2007 4:51:28 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims and vote Fred!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

“Rumor is that the head dog running this thing at FBI wants to blow the lid clean off. Like I said... rumor... but it comes from a decent source.”

I don’t doubt for a second he does.

The political leadership will put some limits on it, or already has.

The degree to which Blake’s money trail is pursued will be telling. You cannot move the kind of money this guy moved in cash easily, so I would assume there is some kind of trail.


19 posted on 12/19/2007 5:44:55 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: boop

A fundraiser for Hillary Clinton scheduled for Dec. 15th in Oxford, MS, at the home of plaintiffs attorney, Dickie Scruggs, has been cancelled, according to a MS Democratic State Executive Committee member.

Scruggs was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury into allegations that he attempted to bribe a judge. Scruggs is brother-in-law to Sen. Trent Lott who recently announced his forthcoming resignation.

http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/diarypage.php?did=5041

OXFORD (AP) — A Dec. 15 fundraiser at the Oxford home of attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs for the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and featuring former President Bill Clinton has been canceled, a campaign official said Thursday.

“In light of new developments we have canceled the event,” said Blake Zeff, a campaign spokesman.

Zeff did not elaborate on the announcement.

http://www.picayuneitem.com/local/local_story_334121353.html

trent lott’s brother in law, clinton fundraiser,
lead tobacco lawyer in the master-tobacco settlement
(estimated in 2000 to be over $206 BILLION)
centered in the texarkana courthouse,
was indicted yesterday for trying to bribe a state judge
in Katrina related insurance suit.
(one day after Lott’s resignation announcement)

during the tobacco litigation, officeholders included

president bill clinton
gov. g.w.bush (later president)
gov. mike huckabee (later candidate for president)
tx atty general morales (later convicted)
tx atty general cornyn (later senator)
ark atty general pryor (later senator)


20 posted on 12/19/2007 6:06:35 PM PST by muleboy (muleboy303.blogspot.com)
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To: WoofDog123
but it does give one the impression that Mike Moore wants a senate seat, yet now is unequivocally not running.

Is Moore concerned about blowback from the Scrugg's funny money dealings with the tobacco settlement? Or might Moore have been involved in some of the strange dealings himself?

21 posted on 12/19/2007 6:24:09 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: boop
Yet another example of how the tobacco settlement was never about "public health" it was just a massive democrat campaign donation scheme.

Exactly!

22 posted on 12/19/2007 6:25:21 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: muleboy

So the strings might just reach the Hillary $....w/o the big tobacco donor $$ her crash and burn may be even more a possibility!!! This is ripe for that lawyer writer’s next book, unless he is involved too! LOL


23 posted on 12/19/2007 7:39:35 PM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: iopscusa

Grisham is a liberal.


24 posted on 12/19/2007 7:46:09 PM PST by petitfour
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To: WoofDog123

$50 million?

Whoo-boy!

It’s going to be interesting to watch this story unfold.


25 posted on 12/19/2007 8:14:55 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: WKB

Thank you for the link!

I see he went to State. ;o)


26 posted on 12/19/2007 8:19:24 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: WoofDog123
"I do not believe his retirement is a coincidence."

Neither do I.

27 posted on 12/19/2007 8:21:52 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: petitfour
Thank you, petitfour!


"Scruggs' role was featured in a book and the Hollywood film, "The Insider."


Hmmmmm...Dickie might find out what it really feels like to be an "insider."

28 posted on 12/19/2007 8:23:23 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: dixiechick2000

Running a google search on this Blake feller brings up some interesting blogs and message boards. I read that Blake once owned the largest grain elevator in Texas. Where in Texas????

Blake is connected up the wazoooo.


29 posted on 12/19/2007 8:50:57 PM PST by petitfour
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To: petitfour

I tried to find a pic of him earlier, but wasn’t able to.
I didn’t try that hard, though...my time here is short.

When I have more time, I’m going to do a bit of research on this feller.
It certainly seems that he’s in the thick of it all.


30 posted on 12/19/2007 8:54:35 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: SuziQ

“Is Moore concerned about blowback from the Scrugg’s funny money dealings with the tobacco settlement? Or might Moore have been involved in some of the strange dealings himself?”

reading through some of the cases against scruggs right now, I am not sure what to think, but I strongly suspect the entire tobacco class-action process, from the start in MS (ag moore) to the national level had to be corrupt.


31 posted on 12/19/2007 9:55:07 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: dixiechick2000

a pic of blake

http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071217/NEWS/712170333

can i post that link? it is gannett.


32 posted on 12/19/2007 9:57:35 PM PST by WoofDog123
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re post 30 - can I post a link to a gannett site? don’t want to do so if not allowed.


33 posted on 12/19/2007 9:58:16 PM PST by WoofDog123
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"why democrats? You think something this big isn’t bipartisan?"

Look at who the big trial lawyers donate to. They make make donations to republicans but they are a drop in the bucket compared to the democrats. The main attorneys general were all democrats. We are talking billions of dollars directly benefiting democrat politicians and judges.

34 posted on 12/19/2007 11:22:05 PM PST by boop (Who doesn't love poison pot pies?)
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To: WoofDog123

That link is to a picture of Dickie Scruggs, not P.L. Blake. Blake is much older. He’s been living in Alabama for the last 4-5 years, right outside Birmingham.


35 posted on 12/20/2007 3:14:14 AM PST by pollyg107
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To: WoofDog123

I hope that they reinstate hanging for this bunch!

LLS


36 posted on 12/20/2007 4:14:33 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims and vote Fred!)
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To: boop
Yet another example of how the tobacco settlement was never about "public health" it was just a massive democrat campaign donation scheme. The whole global warming hoax is an even bigger example of this.

The tobacco lawsuits were never about healthcare....this has always been about redistribution of wealth.

37 posted on 12/20/2007 9:58:43 AM PST by truthluva ("Character is doing the right thing even when no one is looking" - JC Watts)
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To: WoofDog123

When I first saw that pic, I thought he looked eerily like Dickie. ;o)

Thank you for trying to find the pic.
I haven’t found one yet.


38 posted on 12/20/2007 4:04:23 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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