I had not seen this in my readings of the government evidence in the Scruggs case, but this story by Alyssa Schnugg of the Oxford Eagle is about an alleged conversation between Tim Balducci and Judge Lackey concerning a bribe in a second, unrelated matter, a DUI manslaughter case. A reader just e-mailed it to me, and I wanted to get it up on the site. Great story, really well-written.
UPDATE: As a reader noted below in the comments, the link already went bad. The Eagle has some kind of funky pre-Industrial Age thing going on with its website, so apparently you can’t get permalinks. I’ve asked the Eagle if I can get a better link, until then I guess you’ll just have to imagine the story for yourself.
SECOND UPDATE: Let’s try this link and see if it works. Thanks to Jay in the comments.
THIRD UPDATE: I’m informed by a reader with a far better memory than I have that this is in one of the trascripts I posted on February 26. Here’s a copy of the transcript, and here’s a link to the post of that day. The first copy of the transcript is partial, [see below for an update, I was wrong, this second transcript is not the same thing] here’s a later full transcript filed by the government that has the entire recording of Balducci’s foray into the Scruggs Law Firm after he was flipped by the government.
FOURTH UPDATE: Thanks to NMC in the comments, never mind the second transcript I posted, it’s a different Balducci conversation. As NMC says, it’s tough to keep it all straight — after a while one sweet potato begins to look like another.