Skip to comments.U.S. (DOJ) Investigates Whether (Sen Trent) Lott Had Role in Mississippi Judge Case
Posted on 02/21/2008 5:32:25 AM PST by abb
Federal agents are investigating whether former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott knowingly played a role in an alleged conspiracy in 2006 to influence a Mississippi judge presiding over a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against famed plaintiff attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, according to people familiar with the situation.
Mr. Scruggs and several associates are scheduled to stand trial March 31 on charges that they offered $40,000 in bribes to State Court Judge Henry L. Lackey in return for a favorable ruling in a lawsuit against Mr. Scruggs over $26.5 million in legal fees.
Mr. Lott, who is a brother-in-law to Mr. Scruggs, unexpectedly announced his resignation from the Senate two days before Mr. Scruggs was indicted last November. Since then, Mr. Lott has been interviewed by federal agents at least once, according to a person familiar with the case.
The U.S. attorney's office in Oxford, Miss., which is leading the investigation, is also examining whether several associates of Mr. Scruggs induced a different Mississippi jurist, Hinds County Judge Robert Delaughter, to rule in favor of Mr. Scruggs in a separate lawsuit by promising that Mr. Lott would recommend Judge Delaughter for a seat on the federal bench.
The two lawsuits were about whether Mr. Scruggs owed former legal associates tens of millions of dollars in disputes over legal fees.
In return for the ruling Mr. Scruggs was seeking, Judge Delaughter was told in early 2006 that Mr. Scruggs could arrange for him to be considered for an appointment as a federal district-court judge, according to a transcript of a plea hearing on Jan. 7 at which an associate of Mr. Scruggs pleaded guilty.
Aides to Mr. Lott said in November that the Republican senator's resignation had nothing to do with the Scruggs indictment.
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It’s hard to see how Lott could be in jeopardy as regards the instant case, since Delaughter never got a federal appointment.
But then, there might be OTHER cases involving Scruggs’s corruptly influencing Lott. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Dickie should cop a plea, in exchange for damaging info about Trent!
Interesting. Thanks for posting.
Ah perhaps now we see why the early retirement
Trent is a great singer.
Aides said...that the Republican senator’s resignation had nothing to do with the Scruggs indictment. The good Senator Lottta-hair-pieces may have new retirement digs soon.
Payback is a *****, ain’t it, Trent?
We can only hope that Lott gets nabbed and actually serves some prison time. He is the worst RINO.
“Aides to Mr. Lott said in November that the Republican senator’s resignation had nothing to do with the Scruggs indictment.”
I mean first you want me to believe there are dirty lawyers in Mississippi and now you are saying that one of our fine politicians maybe involved!
Shame on all of you!
These are men of virtue I tell you!!!!!
Or was that men of vice, it is hard to tell around here...
I don’t think Trent has anything to worry about regarding the Delaughter case. However, did lil’ Dickie influence him in other ways????????
Maybe Trent-boy will seek political asylum in Mexico.......
Of course he did. That’s why he up and quit so quickly.
Word on the street is that Trent tried to put the muscle on the Attorney General and was told that he had 72 hours to turn in his resignation or Obstruction of Justice charges would be filed against him.