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Government says it has more evidence to use in Scruggs trial

John O'Brien Jan. 29, 2008, 3:31pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - As expected, the federal government is planning on introducing evidence it apparently gathered from the guilty plea of attorney Joey Langston in the judicial bribery trial of prominent trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

Iowa AG's mortgage bills add $5 to mortgage bills

Legal News Line Jan. 29, 2008, 3:46am

Tom Miller DES MOINES -- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has broken first in 2008 on the subprime mortgage issue with laws aimed at protecting homebuyers from fraud.

Admitted felons still battling over attorneys fees

John O'Brien Jan. 28, 2008, 4:31pm

Langston NEW YORK - Two attorneys who have pleaded guilty to judicial bribery charges continue to fight to preserve millions in attorneys fees they earned while representing the State of Mississippi.

Scruggs continues Coghlan quest

John O'Brien Jan. 28, 2008, 1:26pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs is still trying to convince a federal judge to approve of Kenneth Coghlan as his new attorney.

MI lawyers ask if top judge can cut it on poll results

Legal News Line Jan. 28, 2008, 9:42am

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor LANSING -- The re-electoral stocks of Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Clifford Taylor took a hit last week with the release of a lawyers' poll showing him failing some legal grades.

Departing Larson will help pick new Iowa SC justice

Legal News Line Jan. 28, 2008, 3:47am

Justice Jerry L. Larson DES MOINES -- The Iowa Supreme Court has begun its search for a new justice now that its longest-serving member has reached the mandatory retirement age.

Charleston attorney announces run at AG's office

John O'Brien Jan. 25, 2008, 3:00pm

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - After constant urging, Charleston attorney Dan Greear has decided not to run for a circuit judge seat and attempt instead to become the West Virginia's top lawyer.

Hood, Scruggs will have to talk

John O'Brien Jan. 24, 2008, 4:43pm

Hood HATTIESBURG, Miss. - State Farm Insurance Cos. says it will get a chance to depose Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs as a result of a federal court order entered Thursday.

Court will rehear Massey case

John O'Brien Jan. 24, 2008, 3:00pm

Starcher CHARLESTON, W. Va. - In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals decided to reconsider their ruling in a controversial case.

High Court hopeful tells justices to step away from controversial case

John O'Brien Jan. 24, 2008, 10:48am

Bastress CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Bob Bastress, a professor at West Virginia University's law school, says the current justices at the state's Supreme Court of Appeals need to learn to stay out of the limelight.

Business owner was anti-Benjamin from the start

John O'Brien Jan. 24, 2008, 10:20am

Benjamin CHARLESTON, W. Va. - This isn't the first time Hugh Caperton has wanted to prevent Brent Benjamin from taking a seat on the bench at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

Starcher on other side of recusal issues

John O'Brien Jan. 23, 2008, 4:00pm

Starcher CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Justice Larry Starcher of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals could offer a little advice to two of his colleagues about how to successfully navigate through a recusal controversy.

LoJack may have to ratchet up damages

Legal News Line Jan. 23, 2008, 2:56pm

LOS ANGELES -- A California auto supply business is fighting a class action suit that could cost it more than $8 million.

Missouri GOP scrambles for Nixon challenger this November

Legal News Line Jan. 23, 2008, 4:00am

Jay Nixon JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri governor's mansion now looks to be Attorney General Jay Nixon's to lose in November.

Justice wants probe into other Justice's relationship with Massey CEO

Chris Dickerson Jan. 22, 2008, 9:17pm

Starcher CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State Supreme Court Justice Larry Starcher reportedly has asked for an independent probe into the relationship between Chief Justice Spike Maynard and Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

Editorials increasingly upset with AG Hood

John O'Brien Jan. 22, 2008, 4:29pm

Hood JACKSON, Miss. - On Nov. 6, state Attorney General Jim Hood was the most popular man in Mississippi.

It's up to NY in Borat lawsuits, Alabama SC rules

Legal News Line Jan. 22, 2008, 9:50am

Borat MONTGOMERY -- The Alabama Supreme Court has shortened by one the line to sue comedian Sacha Baron-Cohen after making an embarrassing appearance in his 2006 movie "Borat."

State court circus might match federal drama in Scruggs case

John O'Brien Jan. 17, 2008, 6:17pm

Scruggs OXFORD, Miss. - Attorney Grady Tollison thinks that if things were any worse in Oxford, it would be really bad for his safety.

Coakley nears $300m payout from Big Dig managers

Legal News Line Jan. 17, 2008, 11:13am

Martha Coakley BOSTON -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has moved closer to settling with two of the three companies held most responsible for failures in parts of Boston's "Big Dig" road tunnel.

Scruggs defense team attacks investigators

John O'Brien Jan. 17, 2008, 11:00am

Keker OXFORD, Miss. - The defense team of indicted trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs plans to argue that Scruggs had no role in an alleged bribery scheme and the U.S. government misled those who authorized wiretaps.