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Wisc. GOP opposes SC's 'Plan B' to re-district state

Legal News Line Dec. 18, 2007, 8:21am

Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson MADISON -- Republican lawmakers have recently begun voicing strong opposition to a Wisconsin Supreme Court proposal on state re-districting released almost three months ago.

Trial approaching too fast for Scruggs

John O'Brien Dec. 17, 2007, 4:47pm

Keker OXFORD, Miss. - Indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs' defense team said Monday that it needs more time to prepare an adequate defense against accusations that Scruggs attempted to bribe a state judge.

Katrina firm hit with sexual harassment suit

John O'Brien Dec. 14, 2007, 4:32pm

JACKSON, Miss. - A paralegal is alleging that her time at Nutt and McAlister was more like Spring Break and that she was fired for complaining that the firm's attorneys were violating a judge's injunction in a Hurricane Katrina-related case.

McGraw's campaign site dedicates page to critics

John O'Brien Dec. 14, 2007, 3:17pm

McGraw CHARLESTON, W. Va. - In preparation for the 2008 election, West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw has built a campaign site that blames the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for what he perceives as misinformation about him being spread.

Poll claims Missourians don't want SC vote: lobbyists

Legal News Line Dec. 14, 2007, 12:48am

Missouri Supreme Court JEFFERSON CITY -- Activists in favor of maintaining the so-called Missouri Plan for selecting the state's Supreme Court say a strong majority of Missourians agree with them.

Hood in middle of $14 million legal fee fight

Steve Korris Dec. 13, 2007, 4:47pm

Hood NEW YORK CITY - Most politicians would leap at a chance to win back millions of dollars from attorneys under federal investigation, but Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood must pass up the chance because he hired them.

Hood's site making transition

John O'Brien Dec. 12, 2007, 5:49pm

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - After its redesign, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's website has a different look -- both in layout and content.

Balducci apparently no longer a SAAG

John O'Brien Dec. 12, 2007, 4:59pm

Balducci NEW YORK - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's office says it is pretty sure it is no longer employing attorney Timothy Balducci, who recently pleaded guilty to attempting to bribe a state judge.

Scruggs gets new judge in contempt proceedings

John O'Brien Dec. 12, 2007, 2:17pm

Scruggs BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A federal judge from Florida will preside over the criminal contempt case against prominent Mississippi trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs taking place in Alabama.

Joey Langston

Legal News Line 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).

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.

Retailers in bind on tobacco after Alaska SC ruling

Legal News Line 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.