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Another Scruggs Case
The Opinion Journal ^ | January 15, 2008 | The Opinion Journal

Posted on 01/15/2008 8:19:49 AM PST by libstripper

The Dickie Scruggs bribery case keeps getting curiouser, with yesterday's news that even the tort baron's former defense attorney has copped a federal plea.

Mr. Scruggs was indicted in November along with his son and three other lawyers for conspiring to bribe Mississippi Judge Henry Lackey. Two of the defendants have already pled guilty and are cooperating with the feds. And according to court papers released yesterday, Joey Langston, who had until recently represented Mr. Scruggs, has now pled guilty to conspiring with Mr. Scruggs in a scheme to influence a different judge in a separate case.

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According to the indictment, sometime in 2006 or early 2007 Mr. Scruggs told Mr. Langston that "he could arrange for [Judge] DeLaughter to be considered for a [federal] appointment" and said Mr. Langston should have that information conveyed to the judge. How Mr. Scruggs was intending to help Judge DeLaughter isn't clear, but it has escaped no one that Mr. Scruggs's brother-in-law is Senator Trent Lott.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: attornies; lott; scruggs
Three cheers for the cheer leader.
1 posted on 01/15/2008 8:19:50 AM PST by libstripper
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To: libstripper

Dont mistake this situation for being confined to Mississippi.


2 posted on 01/15/2008 8:53:37 AM PST by gunnedah
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To: gunnedah

Did they find a Banjo in Scrugg’s case?


3 posted on 01/15/2008 9:03:31 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: gunnedah
Yeah, be we are better at it than anyone else.

Mississippi, No. 1 at something for a change.

Sadly its corrupt lawyers...

4 posted on 01/15/2008 9:07:08 AM PST by ejonesie22 (Mike Huckabee, Tithing via Taxation, the Christian Democrat way...)
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To: massgopguy
NOT GUILTY!!!


5 posted on 01/15/2008 9:08:58 AM PST by relictele
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To: libstripper
How Mr. Scruggs was intending to help Judge DeLaughter isn't clear, but it has escaped no one that Mr. Scruggs's brother-in-law is Senator Trent Lott.

Is anybody surprised by this?

Lott's sudden resignation immediately preceded the charges against brother-in-law Dickie.

And a pol like Trent Lott isn't going to walk away from the gravy train unless he's got a very good reason...

6 posted on 01/15/2008 9:12:53 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: libstripper

Apparently the cheerleader did not put DeLaughter up for a federal judgeship. He put someone else up for it, and that someone was approved. But I don’t know if the other judge wasn’t another pawn of Scruggs.


7 posted on 01/15/2008 9:13:14 AM PST by petitfour
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To: WKB; wardaddy; Islander7; Michael Knight; ejonesie22; bkwells; DogwoodSouth; WileyPink; jmax; ...

MS Ping


8 posted on 01/15/2008 9:14:16 AM PST by petitfour
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To: massgopguy

yes,but it had a Flatt sound to it.


9 posted on 01/15/2008 9:19:36 AM PST by gunnedah
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To: petitfour

We are at least in third place to a couple of other
places in the US in these matters


10 posted on 01/15/2008 9:33:27 AM PST by WKB (FDT= Alabama's song from1982 He's "Close Enough To Perfect For Me")
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To: WKB
Langston is getting away with a lot with his guilty plea. He is also in on several other high profile cases and he gets immunity from any further prosecution with this guilty plea. The buzz from his neighbors is that he won’t get hurt monetarily. Farese is in on this too....Both are within a 20-30 minute drive from here and many of their employees are clients here.
11 posted on 01/15/2008 10:15:53 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: WKB
Langston is getting away with a lot with his guilty plea. He is also in on several other high profile cases and he gets immunity from any further prosecution with this guilty plea. The buzz from his neighbors is that he won’t get hurt monetarily. Farese is in on this too....Both are within a 20-30 minute drive from here and many of their employees are clients here.
12 posted on 01/15/2008 10:15:59 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug

Were any of these every in on the pharmaceutical
cases?


13 posted on 01/15/2008 10:22:25 AM PST by WKB (FDT= Alabama's song from1982 He's "Close Enough To Perfect For Me")
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To: WKB
1994 Case where they tried to bribe Judge DeLaughter for a favorable ruling in the asbestos case. Note the connection between Hood, DeLaughter and all of the ones involved with Scruggs. Langston is represented by Farese...
14 posted on 01/15/2008 11:25:05 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: libstripper

placemarker


15 posted on 01/15/2008 11:27:02 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: WKB

http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080115/NEWS/801150379&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL


16 posted on 01/15/2008 12:23:09 PM PST by petitfour
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To: WKB

I’m sure every state has its share. And then DC is a whole ‘nother ballgame.


17 posted on 01/15/2008 1:25:40 PM PST by petitfour
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To: ejonesie22

LOL!

At least it’s something. ;o)


18 posted on 01/15/2008 2:36:25 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: petitfour

Thank you, petitfour...and thanks for the link!


19 posted on 01/15/2008 2:42:20 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

Maybe if you learn to scheme and conspire you,
too, could hold a high office in MS government. ;o)


20 posted on 01/15/2008 2:43:25 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
I’m too busy chasing Govt paper work from Ca. to Fl.
to do anything else right now.
I think they are conspiring against me.
:>)
21 posted on 01/15/2008 2:56:52 PM PST by WKB (FDT= Alabama's song from1982 He's "Close Enough To Perfect For Me")
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To: WKB

LOL!

Just because you are paranoid doesn’t
mean they aren’t out to get you. ;o)


22 posted on 01/15/2008 2:58:54 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: okie01
I don't think Trent's resignation had much to do with the Scrugg's case. Trent wasn't a party to any of the lawsuits, and isn't a member of the Scrugg's law firm.

I think Trent realized he needed to get out and make some money. He lost his home in the hurricane, and that was a large part of his net worth. He's going into business with John Breaux, and after next year, he'll be able to do some lobbying. If he'd waited until 2008 to retire, he'd have had to wait two years before doing any lobbying.

23 posted on 01/15/2008 6:20:02 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ
According to the indictment, sometime in 2006 or early 2007 Mr. Scruggs told Mr. Langston that "he could arrange for [Judge] DeLaughter to be considered for a [federal] appointment"...

Don't you wonder how Dickie might have arranged this...???

24 posted on 01/15/2008 7:16:13 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: okie01

If Dickie made an attempt to talk Trent into the DeLaughter nomination, it didn’t work. Trent recommended someone else. Dickie has a lot more influence among RAT circles, in case you hadn’t noticed.


25 posted on 01/15/2008 8:45:04 PM PST by petitfour
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To: okie01

Do we know whether or not he could actually DO that, or was he just trying to impress Mr. Langston?


26 posted on 01/15/2008 9:15:42 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ
We are:

a. Assuming Scruggs had a reason for saying it. That, yes, he actually believed he could effect such an appointment.

b. Speculating that the reason why Scruggs so believed was his relationship with Lott.

There is no proof, as yet, that Lott was involved. However, the timing of his resignation remains very suspicious (and I'm familiar with the lobbying restriction).

I'm not ready to give him a pass on this. Not yet.

27 posted on 01/16/2008 6:47:19 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: dixiechick2000; WKB

Funny thing. I was trying to remember where I had heard of Bobby DeLaughter before, so I asked hubby. I thought it was from the movie about Medgar Evers’ murder, but my memory was sketchy. I just looked him up, and he graduated from my high school. (some years before me, I must say) I don’t know much about his politics though I read that Fordice appointed him to a judgeship in Hinds County.


28 posted on 01/16/2008 11:49:00 AM PST by petitfour
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