Judge Acker’s appointment of special prosecutors in the Dickie Scruggs criminal contempt matter has been generating the following buzz:
Jonathan Adler at Volokh. The real fun is in the comments, make sure to read them. One commenter calls it a "minor . . . infraction." Minor? For a lawyer, it’s never a minor thing to willfully disobey a judge’s order, if that is what Scruggs did.
The InsiderExclusive TV show "is currently investigating how the U.S. attorney in Alabama [Alice Martin] earlier this week declined a federal judge’s request to prosecute Dickie Scruggs and his Mississippi law firm for criminal contempt in a case relating to Hurricane Katrina insurance claims." I don’t know of this show but I’d certainly be interested in the results of the investigation.
Here’s a post called "Alice Martin: Queen of Schemes." This post is at a site calling itself "Legal Schnauzer," it has a picture of a schnauzer jumping in the air with the caption "You want to mess with me?" and bills itself as "One couple’s encounter with corrupt judges, slimy lawyers, and incompetent prosecutors in Alabama. . . and how you can avoid being cheated by the vermin who make a mockery of our justice system." Have to admit I’ve never liked schnauzers, especially ones that jump.
John O’Brien of Legal NewsOnline has a story on developments.
Amir Efrati has a good post at the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, including comments from one of the special prosecutors. Again, check out the comments.