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A year later, Scruggs singing instead of fighting

Victoria Johnson Hoggatt Feb. 17, 2009, 3:00pm

Scruggs ABERDEEN, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Famous federal prisoner Richard "Dickie" Scruggs was expected to enter a second guilty plea related to a second Mississippi judicial bribery scheme on Feb. 10, and he did, in a dark suit and leg irons.

Like Scruggs, Langston gets maximum sentence

Victoria Johnson Hoggatt Dec. 16, 2008, 3:36pm

Langston OXFORD, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Apparently Michael Mills, the chief U.S. judge for the Northern District of Mississippi, has decided that patience and mercy have limits when it comes to admitted felon Joey Langston.

Junior Scruggs' tongue to blame for prison sentence

Victoria Johnson Hoggatt Jul. 3, 2008, 12:52pm

The federal courthouse in Oxford OXFORD, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Jesus said, "I tell you that every unprofitable saying that men speak, they will render an account concerning it on judgment day. For by your words you will be declared righteous, and by your words you will be condemned."

Backstrom's remorse an issue at sentencing

Victoria Johnson Hoggatt Jun. 27, 2008, 3:18pm

The federal courthouse in Oxford OXFORD, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Told how repentant former Scruggs Law Firm attorney and admitted felon Sidney Backstrom is, U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers couldn't help but make a simple observation.

Full five for emotional, regretful Scruggs

Victoria Johnson Hoggatt Jun. 27, 2008, 11:41am

Dickie Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - With his attorney's supportive arm around him and a federal prosecutor offering a chair, famed plaintiffs lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs' knees buckled a bit Friday as a federal judge prepared to hand down his prison sentence.

Former AG's name comes up during Lackey testimony

Victoria Johnson Hoggatt Apr. 17, 2008, 1:55pm

Hood OXFORD, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Not one, but two Mississippi attorneys general, seem inextricably linked to famed fallen tort attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

Former business partners bear the sins of Scruggs

Victoria Johnson Hoggatt Apr. 16, 2008, 2:14pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - Used to be every trial lawyer in Mississippi, indeed America, seemed to want to claim professional kin with Richard "Dickie" Scruggs. Now the association appears to be the kiss of death for big name tort law firms.

Scruggs surrenders, admits to conspiracy to bribe judge

Victoria Johnson Hoggatt Mar. 14, 2008, 11:54am

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - One of the most powerful plaintiffs attorneys in the country has admitted to trying to grease the wheels of justice.

Due process of law butts heads with free press in Scruggs case

Victoria Johnson Hoggatt Mar. 3, 2008, 1:00pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Legal superstar-turned-criminal defendant Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has a constitutional right to a fair trial with an impartial jury. Mississippi's public has a right to know, and Mississippi media has a right to print allegations about Scruggs.

Scruggs hopes for turnaround tomorrow

Victoria Johnson Hoggatt Feb. 25, 2008, 2:21pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Beleaguered legal power player Richard Scruggs and his two remaining co-defendants charged with judicial bribery were denied their request for a change of venue from Mississippi by a federal judge Thursday.

Forecast gloomy for rainmaker Scruggs

Victoria Johnson Hoggatt Feb. 21, 2008, 12:42pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - With overcast skies outside, the prospects of legal superstar-turned-criminal-defendant Richard "Dickie" Scruggs did not appear too sunny either inside a federal courthouse Wednesday.