Scruggs Nation, the Reckoning: Dickie Scruggs pleads guilty

We’ll stay on this post all day and update. Look for the latest information at the top (I got chewed out by readers last time I did this for putting the new updates at the bottom).

Welcome L.A. Times readers!

TWELFTH UPDATE:  I’ve read through the Scruggs plea transcript posted below, and he wasn’t exactly brimming with remorse.  Here’s what I mean:

THE COURT : Mr. Scruggs, you have heard the United States Attorney state what evidence he could present against you on this particular charge if the case were to go to trial. Do you agree with the prosecutor’ s summary of what you did?

MR . KEKER : Your Honor, could I interrupt to say that much of the prosecutor’ s summary – – we discussed it – – is based on discovery and information that we have learned during the process of preparing this case. We believe – – and I ‘ve discussed with Mr. Scruggs – – that the prosecutors could prove what they say they are proving. Much of that is, as you know, based on testimony of people and under circumstances where Mr. Scruggs was not there and doesn’ t have firsthand knowledge of it. But we agree that that’ s what they can prove, and that that’ s an adequate factual basis for the plea.

THE COURT : All right. Mr. Scruggs, then, did you do what the prosecutor just said you did, as far as your acts in this charge are concerned?

THE DEFENDANT : I joined the conspiracy later in the game. It’ s not exactly as the prosecutor allocuted, in that there was no intent to bribe the judge; it was an intent to earwig the judge, Judge Lackey; and that that – – the earwigging idea was not originated by me or anyone in our firm, although we went along with it, at the beginning of – – sometime in March. 

THE COURT : Well – –

MR . KEKER : But then later – – what about later? You got to say something about later.

THE DEFENDANT : I did join the conspiracy after that.

THE COURT : So you agree – – are you telling me that you did join the conspiracy, and you did furnish some money to give to Judge Lackey in return for him issuing an order in your favor in this case? Is that what you’re saying? Do you disagree with that?

THE DEFENDANT : That’ s what I ‘ m saying.

THE COURT : All right. The Court finds , then, that there is a factual basis for this defendant to plead guilty to this charge. Richard Scruggs, do you plead guilty or not guilty to Count 1 of this indictment?

THE DEFENDANT : I plead guilty, Your Honor.

Lots of new terms in the Scruggs matter — sweet potatoes, earwigging, etc.  Earwigging means "To influence, or attempt to influence, by whispered insinuations or private talk," according to this online source. 

ELEVENTH UPDATE: A reader alerted me to the fact that the WSJ Law Blog had posted transcripts of the plea agreement proceedings today, but that the links were broken.  So I took a chance and called the court reporter, who was kind enough to send them to me.  A very nice lady.

Here are the transcripts, I want to get them up right away.  I’ll comment when I’ve read them.

Scruggs plea transcript.

Backstrom plea transcript.

Hearing on Zach Scruggs’ motion to dismiss.

TENTH UPDATE:  I’ve seen a variation of the lede in this Clarion-Ledger story in several others today: "surprise plea agreements."  Surprise to whom? If you’ve been paying attention to the evidence as it was revealed, you saw that the government’s evidence was very strong.  And if you knew that the government had huge leverage over Dickie Scruggs because his own son was indicted as an alleged co-conspirator, you would know as I’ve been saying for quite a while, that Dickie’s choices were bleak, and swinging for the fences at trial could result in his son doing a lot of years of hard time, as well as ensuring he himself would never walk this Earth as a free man again.  I figured pleas would come either late today after the latest motions were turned down, or Monday, the last day to submit plea agreements to the court.  For quite a while I’ve been saying to folks who e-mailed me about attending the trial that I doubted there would be one, so it’s no surprise to me or others who were watching closely. 

NINTH UPDATE: This motion was filed by the government today.  It asks the court’s permission to turn over evidence gathered by the FBI "taint team" — a team that separately analyzed data like computer files copied from the Scruggs Law Firm during the November FBI raid — to the federal prosecutors in the Scruggs case.  From this motion, we learn that this information was turned over to the defense team just yesterday — the timing of the pleas could have had something to do with the evidence.  

EIGHTH UPDATE: Roger Parloff of Fortune’s Legal Pad

SEVENTH UPDATE: Check out Walter Olson at Overlawyered for more news and links.

SIXTH UPDATE:  This has got to be kind of like getting a paper cut after you’ve lost your legs, but in another matter, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals turned down Scruggs’ petition for a writ of mandamus against Judge Acker, in the Renfroe v. Rigsby civil lawsuit in federal court in Alabama.  Scruggs sought to have Acker removed as a judge from the case, saying he was biased because he had referred Scruggs for criminal contempt of court in the case. 

Here’s a copy of the 11th Circuit’s order.

FIFTH UPDATE: Just got a moment to link to the documents.

Dickie Scruggs’ plea agreement.

Backstrom’s plea agreement.

Factual basis for Scruggs’ plea agreement.

Factual basis for Backstrom’s plea agreement.

FOURTH UPDATE: A story by Richard Fausset of the L.A. Times, with an interesting quote from attorney James Robie.

"You know, I’ve spent hundreds of hours letting that issue marinate, because it boggles my mind," said James Robie, a Los Angeles attorney who is representing dozens of Katrina-related cases Scruggs’ clients brought against State Farm Insurance. "I believe he became completely intoxicated by power. . . . And he’s so avaricious that he’d often tie in with it, ‘How many millions can I rake in?’ Just because it was a game."

Fascintating, but I don’t think Scruggs became intoxicated by power, as one would normally understand that phrase.  I think he — contrary to the perception of him as a gambler — was someone who showed a proclivity and a talent for arranging things, when he was able, so that it was a "heads I win, tails you lose" situation.  Sometimes he had enought juice to do that, sometimes he didn’t. 

Also, I occasionally get people saying to me, stop kicking Scruggs, you don’t kick a guy when he’s down.  Two things.    First, if we can’t collectively condemn judicial bribery and all its implications, and examine how far this pattern of conduct reaches, if we can’t defend the institutions that protect us, we are not worthy of survival.  Second, unlike many, many others, I kicked Scruggs when he was up, too.  

THIRD UPDATE:  Here’s a story from the ABA Journal, with a lot of good links, and unfortunately, a very good profile story that was superseded by events today.  But hey, Scruggs happens.

SECOND UPDATE: Here’s the word from ICLB’s confidential correspondent at the courthouse this morning:

Sentencing in 30-45 days.

Before the hearing, DS and Backstrom sitting in the gallery. DS hugging people who spoke, shaking hands, talking. DS sitting next to wife before hearing started. Backstrom did not have a wife at his side when sitting in the gallery waiting for proceedings to start (at which time both he and DS moved to the defense table). Sat with DS and DS’s wife before moving to defense table.

Judge annouced that Backstrom and DS changing "not guilty" plea to "guilty" as to count 1 (conspiracy to attempt to bribe…)

Both Backstrom and DS plead guilty to count 1 of the indictment. Max sentence is 5 yrs. No recommendation for DS’s sentence. Backstrom recommendation in his plea agreement that his sentence not exceed one-half of DS’s sentence.

Counts 2-6 will be dismissed for each.

DS represented by Keker. Dawson for gov. DS was very stoic. Answered judge’s questions clearly; talked clearly, understandably, loudly; otherwise completely motionless. This plea has no effect on the Wilson investigation. DS pled first. then left the courtroom, glanced in direction of his wife. His wife followed and then returned for Backstrom’s plea.

Backstrom – represented by Tannehill and Trapp. Backstrom agreed that he did enter into a conspiracy but did not assist in "furnishing monies." He indicated (when asked by Biggers who provided the monies) that his law firm did. Trapp and gov quibbled a second or two about the word "corruptly" in front of "influence" – it was Trapp’s understanding that "corruptly" would be removed. The gov indicated that is had been removed from the first paragraph, only because the gov (Norman for gov) didn’t feel it was worth arguing about. Biggers asked if he understood that the acts of one co-conspirator are attributed to all. He said he understood. Throughout, Backstrom was quiet, reserved. entered plea and then asked to say something. Said he apologized to the court, his family. Began sobbing. Stated that he had made some of the worst decisions of his life in this matter, and that he accepted responsibility. Biggers responded: "Your apology is on the record. No doubt you made some awful decisions."

Both DS and Backstrom remain on their original bond.

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UPDATE: Backstrom too. No word yet on Zach, I just heard from someone at the courthouse for the hearing on Zach’s motion to dismiss, apparently as of this writing (9:25 a.m. Pacific time), the hearing is still going on.

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I started hearing strong rumors of a plea agreement this morning, and it turns out to be true.  Here’s a breaking story from Holbrook Mohr of the AP.  More to come later.  Also, let me be the first to point out — apparently it wasn’t Too Dumb For Dickie.   

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51 Responses to Scruggs Nation, the Reckoning: Dickie Scruggs pleads guilty

  1. alsoalawyer

    Okay, Scruggs apologists, let’s see you spin this!!!!!

  2. Scruggs in guilty plea

    The WSJ and Mississippi’s WLOX have the news up. Earlier today, the Journal had an illuminating page-one feature on Dickie Scruggs’s history of fee disputes with other lawyers. YallPolitics’ server seems to be down at…

  3. JustABystander

    Surely Zack is holding out for a wrist slapping and finger wagging in exchange for Daddy agreeing to wear stripes, wouldn’t you think? How can the government agree to this with the evidence posted thus far? I guess judcial economy and finality factor in, and perhaps the case against sweet potato toting Zack isn’t nearly as strong without the other alleged conspirators…but however it shakes out, the entire legal profession in Mississippi has taken a hit resulting in a black eye…and things look like they may only get worse based upon the “DeLaughter et al. cases being left open and fair game.”
    Maybe Dick can get a cell with Paul Minor and they can relive the good ole days!

  4. Charles Destrehan

    Zach got deferred prosecution in exchange for his law license.

  5. partial coastal

    Folo site has crashed.

  6. partial coastal

    Y’all Politics down too. David – you are our only hope on scoop!

  7. adnama

    Now, let’s see who Dick rolled over on to sweeten the deal!

  8. WISam

    The AP story is out on MSN also.

  9. Seacrest

    Can’t help it, but I feel a little bit sorry for Backstrom. I know what he did was wrong and he’s a big boy, still can’t help feel that many of these actors were under the Dickie spell.

  10. dixie68

    For someone crying and “taking responsibility”, it surely took Backstrom long enough to get around to it. I think that without a trial, much will remain covered up and unknown to the public. However, with Y’all Politics, Folo, and Mr. Rossmiller on the job, I really believe they will see it through to its bitter end, and I am grateful to them.

  11. iratetoday

    Is this the end of bellesouth’s incessant rants?

  12. nolawyerme

    I hope that after you finish the gloating you will remember there are families and children here.

  13. Not sure if you are addressing me or commenters. If you’ve read my posts for any length of time, you know that I have said the same thing at least six times. However, our recognition that all humanity is flawed should not stop us from collectively condemning acts that threaten the commonweal. Your statements are better directed to the defendants — they should have thought of their families before starting to toss around sweet potatoes.

  14. jack wilson

    So Scruggs will get five years. Does he get to keep all the millions and property like Joey Langston did. I still feel that several million dollars should go to a charity or a worth while cause.

  15. main street

    Thanks David for your site and the up dates.We look forward to you coming to the second most beautiful place on earth since Portland is the First. Starkville is probably going to be in full bloom, the weather is in the low 70’s during the day and in high 40’s at night. You must go to OXFORD and see the square and of course the Court House where all the excitment is going on today and go own Ole Miss campus and see the grove and ask where the locals eat and ask for some sweet potato pie.

  16. TMAC

    Thank you David for the time and effort you have put into covering this story. Now that this appears to be winding down, you can start on that book you have been promising. I am sure there are a few of us that are waiting to see it. When it goes on sale will you take cash, check, credit cards or sweet potatoes as payment?

  17. Entertained

    When you look back on the “Too Dumb for Dickie” comment by Actor Colm Feore (who portrayed Scruggs in The Insider) and John Grisham’s expression of disbelief that Scruggs could be involved in such a “boneheaded” plot, it sorta makes you see how alone old Dickie really must feel right about now. Feore and Grisham were cheerleading for Scruggs when they said those things, but now, by his own plea, Scruggs has been shown to be — to paraphrase — a dumb bonehead. Must be a little chilly right now in Dickie’s world, where even the cheerleaders have helped define the atmosphere at Cirque de Scruggs.

  18. bothered

    Dear no: if these perpetrators did not think of their own families before committing these shameful felonies; why don’t you e mail them and tell them a thing or two. The people scruggs, delaughter, balducci, langston, peters, delaughter and Patterson conspired against have families and children too. Does that surprise you?

  19. shm

    The lipstick is now on the right pig!!!

  20. Delta Boy

    Bob Wilson must have known what was going down. I heard he sat up all night drinking and singing. His next door neighbor couldn’t sleep he was singing so loud.

  21. Entertained

    Here’s a question from a shark on a feeding frenzy (um, yes, it’s me): at what point is Judge Lackey ethically free to talk about all of this? Does anyone who knows him suppose he will?

  22. injustice4all

    Sid left the Scruggs firm after his father, Judge Jim Backstrom’s death in October November of 2005. He father was a man of high intergrity who had a good and caring heart. He was well respected by all parts of the bench and by all accounts an outstanding Judge.
    Although he didnt say it precisely he gave me the impression he was no longer comfortable being the firm. I assumed that it was due to Zach and that fact that he was doing all the work at the time.
    Apparently, they offered him a ton of money and he returned to Scruggs nation in 2006. A decision I am sure he will regret the rest of his life. I have no doubt that he suspected many things were going on while he was there but as indicted by some the transcipts, “Dick gave me that look again like you don’t want to know” he was not actually involved in any of this until this incident or after he rejoined the firm.
    As someone who has been personally injured by these tactics, I can still find in in my heart to forgive him as I was taught, and have sympathy for Sid, Zach and their families, (You dont pick your father, and if he doesnt teach you good morals you likely will not learn them in your youth.)
    None of us are perfect or uncorruptable, we all have sinnned and have weakness.
    It is now up to the bar to begain the attempt to restore confidence in the legal system which is a long rebuilding effort that weirdly compares to Katrina’s rebuilding.
    The first step in my opinion is to change the outdated and ridiculus recusal rule which allows the Judge themselves to decide whether they are too close to one of the parties or their lawyers. Dont think it is a problem, read the transcipts again, or google West Virginia legal mess. (Same stupid rule)
    “For the father….nothing.”-Dune

  23. injustice4all

    BTW, Somebody please tell Robie that out of state involvment in KatrinaCASES is LIMITED TO 5 AT ANY GIVEN TIME. SO HE CAN NOT REPRESENT DOZENS OF PEOPLE OR STATE FARM IN DOZENS OF CASES in Mississippi unless he holds a Mississippi Law license unless I am missing something. It is becoming an issue with many people, and I am guessing the Court.

  24. M Williams

    Events like this deserve great lines.
    Here’s one that seem to match the crisis of today’s event. It’s the perfect “crisis”.
    It’s Shakespeare, but I actually think that it might have not ever been written by Shakespeare – because it’s not a “line”, but a stage direction. For the event of today, and what will happen next?
    “Exit a man pursued by a bear”
    -Williams Shakespeare

  25. some lawyer

    The photos accompanying the Clarion-Ledger article about the guilty pleas are amazing. The look on Scruggs’s face as he enters the federal courthouse with his attorney and his wife is basically a snarl, like the cornered animal that he is at this point. Sid Backstrom looks like he’s stepping into his hearse.

  26. Ironic

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
    All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
    Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

  27. MSlawyer

    I fully agree that crimes must be punished. I’m still shaking my head in disbelief that Dickie, who had it all, was willing to throw it all away simply for the sake of winning. Yet I knew he had it in him. Still, I am sad for Diane and Claire. I don’t know the wives or families of the others, but this must just be an awful, horrible time for poor Diane. What a shame, and what a waste.

  28. WOW

    Robie looks like he’s doing just fine….what happens next in the Jones case? Will Grady continue to move to get all fees?

  29. some lawyer

    Any chance of getting the transcripts of today’s pleas? The WSJ blog claims to have them, but the links are broken.

  30. nolawyer

    What’s to be made of the fact that the pleas were to one count of conspiracy-none to bribery? Does this say something about the strenghth of the govt’s case?

  31. NoMoHood

    Who do you think is the real trophy the guvment is going after? If it wasn’t Dick then who is it? They are going to let him go with five years when he is caught dead to center on a wire tap?
    They must think there will be a fish fry coming up soon. So who is it? Moore? Nah… not bigger than Scruggs. Hood? While any proscuter worth his salt would love to hang a sitting state AG on his wall, I don’t think Hood’s anything more than a patsy, small time player.
    There has to be somebody bigger, but who?

  32. bellesouth

    Ain’t nuthng. It was a screwed up case.

  33. observer

    I guess the high powered legal defense teams aren’t agreeing with you, Bellesouth.

  34. Wondering

    Do you disagree with that?
    THE DEFENDANT : That’ s what I ‘ m saying.
    Wondering: Okay what does that mean! It appears the Judge allowed Dick to say he disagreed and then accepted a plea from him??

  35. alsoalawyer

    That’s the best you can do, Belle? Guess you’re still in shock…
    Yes, I feel sorry for these guys’ families, but as someone else said, they should have thought of their families when they started this conspiracy. These men have done more to damge the legal profession in MS than anything I can remember, moreso than Minor and Whitfield because of Scruggs’ notoriety. It’s my profession and my reputation. I’m mad about it. These guys get what they deserve and deserve what they get. I earned the right to be mad and upset about it when I became a member of the Bar. If that’s “gloating”, then too bad. I hope that every lawyer and judge who breaks the law is sniffed out. We should expect no less.
    And every citizen in this state should be mad about it too. It’s our judicial system they tried to corrupt (and may have corrupted in the past). We should all rejoice that these crooks where caught and we should learn a lesson that sometimes, even if we don’t want to believe something, that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

  36. CTH

    Wow. Defiant until the end.
    A plea by Zach to come Monday? Taking a hit for his son, if that is the “honorable” motive behind Dickie’s plea would be moot if the boy goes to trial, eh?
    Grisham already working on this story, I’m sure.

  37. Ironic

    (Stories about the Blake payments have previously appeared in David Rossmiller’s Insurance Coverage Blog, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.) from Fortune
    Humble as Rossmiller may be, this Fortune footnote struck me. Fortune, the NY Times, WSJ, and Rossmiller are cited for their thorough reporting on Blake. And, not by accident, who was mentioned first? Rossmiller!
    Thank you David for the time and effort you’ve spent to read thousands of pages of doucments and then share your thoughts and insights. I am grateful to have stumbled upon your blog.
    Ironic

  38. M.Williams

    Mike Moore has been Dickie Scruggs’ most important leader, and in the passing of the torch of the Attorney-General’s office to J. Hood, via support, the idea of Private Lawyer suits, a continued effort to keep the mindset of “pay-off’s” began with Moore’s ideas, and they were consummated in the Legislature by Dickie’s “efforts”.
    It’s no small matter that the Tobacco Medicaid Lawsuit, especially in Mississippi, passes the “Global” problem of health to many non-English speaking countries, and is unforgiveable as a “protection” for all the tobacco companies that successfully benefit from Mike Moore’s effort to stand side-by-side with Scruggs. who has never been smart enough to create a mass tort, as in the tobacco issue.
    The rest of the continued process of deviation from the purpose of the office of the Attorneys-General, especially in Mississippi, might be a good start at reforming what Moore-Scruggs put into Mississippi law.
    There’s no reason to believe that a “crisis” exists, and that money, as a useful tool to keep lawyers’ running government (and government running lawyers) is not what the Constitution of State and Federal law intend – a justififed and reasonable means of doing a good for society.
    Scruggs is best remembered for the tobacco issue, which made his fortune, but Moore is remembered for trying to initiate the change(s), which are now successful for lawyers.
    There should be likely pursuit of the shadows that make the “smart” lawyers in Mississippi what they are –
    A good start would be to discontinue to play with tobacco “funds”, and do it properly, and that is by taxing them.
    If J. Hood doesn’t prosecute himself, which would be justice, who will? That’s oxymoranic, I know, but I think a plea like this has to go back where it began – D.S. and Mike Moore and his “Special Assistants”. It’s “old news”, but it is where the money still hides.
    I hope the Federal government keeps chipping away. It would only be fair.
    And Ole Miss, do the right thing -turn that “donation” into a use – not a statue of a felon. A good thing – start with a facility for helping tobacco Plaintiff’s who are sick and dying, and the money that should have gone to them, – give it to a hospital.

  39. Tim

    I am still extremely disappointed in Scruggs and group, but as I have said to many who say the legal system is a mess — the legal system is working as it should. They got caught and will be punished. That’s what it is supposed to do to those that break the law. Its a shame that we must defend what actually worked. The bad guys did wrong, got caught and will go to jail. I sympathize with their families. I counted them as friends and it saddens me to see them in this situation but I am extremely upset with what they have done to themselves, their families and our profession. I do believe there is more to come and others will pay with their law licenses and freedom as they should.

  40. Entertained

    “Ain’t nuthng [sic]. It was a screwed up case” is obviously classic Bellesouth (although it’s a bit abbreviated, I’d say). But, jeezuhmuss, Belle, even Dickie Scruggs, whose hobby is throwing the dice, and who has more money than God at his disposal, saw the handwriting on that wall. What in tarnation is wrong with you?

  41. some lawyer

    I just wanted to add my voice to the many people commending the coverage of the Scruggs scandal on this blog. I’m pretty sure the proprietor and I don’t belong to the same political party, but the quality of the coverage and analysis has been very high, and the tone has been right: no gloating over the suffering involved in this case.

  42. Bill

    Anyone have any insight as to why, if prosecution of Zach Scruggs is to be deferred, the hearing on his motion to dismiss went forward? I can see the reason to the extent there was the thin reed of the judge granting it. But why all the additional discussion of postponing the trial, the juror questionnaire, etc.?

  43. Ironic

    Scruggs is guilty.
    Scruggs is a criminal.
    Scruggs is a felon.
    Scruggs is going to jail.
    Scruggs bribed a judge.
    How ironic?
    Scruggs played dirty and crossed the line many times, and now he’s been caught red-handed. He has his own words to blame.
    Balducci, the new insider, came back to haunt Scruggs. Poetic justice for a lawyer who used moles/insiders for his own purposes to enrich himself and his ego.
    Do not feel sorry for Scruggs. He did not even apologize, and may never. His playbook has been exposed. His game is not about knowing the law, it’s about skirting the law and using mafia-like leverage, relationships, and influence outside of the courtroom.
    I personally believe that America is better than that.
    Government is not a business enterprise seeking to profit. The founding fathers would be appalled at what the MS AG’s and their posse of trial lawyers have done. Hopefully, exposing Scruggs will expose what enabled Scruggs. Where is 20/20 and 60 Minutes now?
    After all the spin, after the verbal missles tossed at his enemies, after his lawyer’s staunch denials, after the ill-gotten gains, dickie scruggs must look himself in the mirror and admit to himself, if not to anyone else, that he is the cheater, liar, and abuser that he accused others of being. Take a good, long look dickie.
    While scruggs is looking in the mirror, maybe someone can hand him some cherry-red lipstick.

  44. alsoalawyer

    Regarding Scruggs apologizing and being remorseful, remember, he has to be very careful. This may not be over for him. Other stones are still being overturned and he can still be back in for round two or three or four or five…..

  45. bothered

    Dear Tim: the legal system is working as it should? I take it you’ve never heard of Bobby DeLaughter and Ed Peters.

  46. tsetse

    what’s with all the sadness and pity and mourning for these thugs. i guess these are the ones that hope the feds take it to the house so none of the other “good guys ” with all the integrity” go down. i’m betting they won’t have to hold their breath for long, because the injustice system will return to business as usual very soon.

  47. Tim

    Bothered, you can bet that Ed and Bobby Delaughter are in the sights of the U. S. Attorney. Just follow the 1,000,050.00 money trail. Yes the legal is working, they got caught and they’re going to jail aren’t they? There is more to come.

  48. M.Williams

    Praise Ceasar. He was Mike Moore’s document “thief”, his violator of Kentucky TRO “Judge Order’s”, his mastermind of distribution of documents to Henry Waxman, his distribution of documents and intellectual property to Don Barrett who sent them to Stan Glantz who wrote a book about them and put them on the web. End of attorney-client privilege.
    But you lied to me. The documents were meant to criminalize or “out” Shook, Hardy, Bacon, and the essential “science cookers” who stole our good health for tobacco monies. They walk in sunlight.
    Concluding: This was your big heist. This was Mike Moore’s big heist. This was the nation’s lawyer’s big heist. This was the “health advocate’s” big heist.
    Weinstein and (especially Myron Levin) know now that you have your hero – Scruggs, slightly cavalier, a bit player in a movie, but – violating a few silly laws. What Ceasar can do – and did do.
    So, Scruggs not only was the real document “thief”, but he and Don Barret are the hero’s. But the Settlement was a dunce.
    Got to admit it, Dickie got the documents out, and that’s gutsy.
    And after it’s all said and done, D.S invented “reverse discovery”. I think that’s neat.

  49. wow

    “Thief”? I think you mean thief, felon and earwhigger extraordinaire.
    “Reverse Discovery”? How about manufactured discovery…bluffed discovry…fictonal discovery.

  50. Newt

    As to Dickie’s comment “intent to earwig the judge,” this is a common term in Mississippi practice. Rule 1.10 of the Uniform Circuit and County Court Rules is entitiled “Earwigging Prohibited.” We are just full of interesting words and phrases . . .