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Scruggs' greed possibly led to indictment

John O'Brien Dec. 3, 2007, 5:00pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Long seen as an advocate for the underdogs who take on large corporations, Mississippi trial lawyer Richard Scruggs has apparently shown a different side to one of his colleagues.

Kansas top bench to get final word on power plants

News Service Dec. 4, 2007, 8:35am

Chief Justice Kay McFarland (R) TOPEKA -- The future of two contentious coal-fired power stations proposed for southwest Kansas now lies in the hands of the Kansas Supreme Court.

AGs suing R.J. Reynolds over 'deadly charm' of cartoons

John O'Brien Dec. 4, 2007, 12:53pm

BALTIMORE - Maryland is one of eight states that has decided to sue tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds over allegations that the company has violated certain advertising restrictions of 1998's Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

Blumenthal comes to Cuomo's side

John O'Brien Dec. 4, 2007, 5:15pm

Blumenthal HARTFORD, Conn. - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo received some more support from a colleague Monday in his mission to make the relicensing of Indian Point nuclear power plant more difficult.

Scruggs quits on Katrina cases

John O'Brien Dec. 4, 2007, 8:00pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - No longer will prominent trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs represent his clients who have pending Hurricane Katrina-related lawsuits their insurance companies.

Lafayette judges asked off case before indictment of Scruggs

John O'Brien Dec. 5, 2007, 11:28am

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - A little more than a week before a federal grand jury indicted prominent Mississippi trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, the state judge he allegedly attempted to bribe and two others recused themselves from presiding over the case from which the indictment sprung.

Harron has been at home, attorney says

Chris Dickerson Dec. 5, 2007, 12:00pm

Harron CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Clarksburg attorney Jerald E. Jones said he is surprised CSX Transportation had trouble serving papers to Dr. Ray Harron in a federal lawsuit.

Fellow defendant pleads guilty in Scruggs bribery case

John O'Brien Dec. 5, 2007, 2:15pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Attorney Timothy Balducci pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to charges that he conspired to attempt to bribe a state judge and is now helping federal prosecutors with their case against prominent trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

Scruggs trial date set

John O'Brien Dec. 5, 2007, 3:21pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - In less than seven weeks, prominent Mississippi trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs will go on trial for allegedly conspiring to bribe a state judge.

Scruggs' ethical lapses fail to stunt long career

Steve Korris Dec. 6, 2007, 11:52am

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Dickie Scruggs, acting on behalf of three million Mississippians in the 1990s, smuggled stolen documents to Congress, cheated a professor out of millions, and withheld fees from a lawyer he fired, according to the apparent victims of his actions.

Late Miss. Gov. Fordice could have predicted Scruggs' trouble

Steve Korris Dec. 6, 2007, 1:49pm

Fordice OXFORD, Miss. - Ten years after the Supreme Court of Mississippi turned the Attorney General's office into a mint cranking out easy money for lucky lawyers, the luckiest one of all is dragging down the whole state.

Recusal a popular issue with Scruggs cases

John O'Brien Dec. 6, 2007, 3:00pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Three judges in Richard "Dickie" Scruggs' hometown of Oxford made the right decision when they separated themselves from the fee-dispute case that hatched a federal indictment against the prominent trial lawyer, a close follower of the events says.

Hood tells LNL little in wake of Scruggs indictment

John O'Brien Dec. 6, 2007, 3:46pm

JACKSON, Miss. - As one of his special assistant attorneys general pleads guilty to a bribery charge and one of his largest campaign contributors prepares to defend himself against the same, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has become uncharacteristically tight-lipped.

Starcher says controversial comments hit wrong target

John O'Brien Dec. 7, 2007, 2:00pm

Starcher CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Larry Starcher apologized Thursday to the attorney to whom he recently referred as "window dressing" because of her Pakistani descent.

Scruggs says he needs his plane to prepare defense

John O'Brien Dec. 7, 2007, 3:48pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Because his defense team is so spread out and he's facing criminal charges in more than one court, indicted Mississippi trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs says he needs to be allowed back on board his private jet.

Feds search another Mississippi attorney's office

John O'Brien Dec. 10, 2007, 2:26pm

Scruggs BOONEVILLE, Miss. - The FBI was searching the office of the attorney representing indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs on Monday.

Hood says Scruggs indictment won't affect State Farm case, promises to prosecute wrongdoers

John O'Brien Dec. 10, 2007, 4:22pm

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says the only connection between his case against State Farm and the indictment of prominent trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs is a fictional one.

Retailers in bind on tobacco after Alaska SC ruling

News Service Dec. 11, 2007, 10:00am

Justice Warren W. Matthews JUNEAU -- Alaskan health bureaucrats have hailed a recent Supreme Court ruling that holds store owners legally liable if their employees - even unknowingly - sell tobacco to minors.

Scruggs private jet motion grounded

John O'Brien Dec. 11, 2007, 3:19pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Allan Alexander sounded more like an airline industry spokesperson than a federal magistrate judge in one of her recent orders.

Joey Langston

admin Dec. 11, 2007, 4:39pm

Attorney at The Langston Law Firm in Booneville, Miss. Son of Joe Ray Langston, who founded The Langston Law Firm in 1964. Millsaps College; University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D. - 1983).