The Mississippi State Bar, as I’ve mentioned, has responded to Dickie Scruggs’ Motion to Stick Around with this Response, which in essence says Scruggs’ guilty plea acknowledges in writing that he is, in fact, guilty of the crime to which he pleaded, and therefore this makes him unfit to be a lawyer in Mississippi. The date on the document is April 1, although it would have been more fitting if Scruggs’ opposition to disbarment had itself been filed on April Fool’s Day. Here also is a copy of the Bar’s motion to indefinitely suspend Scruggs and strike him from the rolls of Mississippi lawyers, on the chance that the state Supreme Court buys Scruggs’ motion. Why Scruggs is indulging in this effort to stave off the inevitable is a question I don’t know the answer to.
Very little time for blogging this morning, have a plane to catch back to Portland. What a great visit, what a fantastic group of people I’ve met in Mississippi. To tell the truth, I guess I had no idea of how closely people here have been following this blog, and the outpouring of support and interest I’ve seen has been a humbling and amazing experience. I thank all the many people who have shown kindness to me here, especially those who spent time carting me around and making sure I was taken care of. The hospitality I’ve seen here has been unlike any experience in my life, one I shall always remember. Thanks to Dr. Ed Duett and Mississippi State for having me here, and thanks to all the people who came out for my speech. I wish I had more time to speak with people here. I’ve received many words of thanks since I arrived, but I really haven’t done all that much. If anyone is inclined to extend thanks, however, extend them to my wife, because all these blogging hours have come out of her time, and she has never once complained about it.
Thanks for the gifts I received, although at some point I suppose the sweet potato will go bad. In the meantime, I’ll keep it in my office until people complain about the smell.