What a show it’s going to be today. We’ve got Jim Hood, Courtney Schloemer, Kerri Rigsby, and the transcript of the deposition of Dickie Scruggs all showing up today for the big hearing to decide if State Farm’s injunction against Hood’s criminal investigation will continue.
As far as that Scruggs deposition, no one is supposed to talk about it because it’s sealed tighter than an FBI waterproof body microphone, but I believe the deposition happened late Monday after Judge Mills woodshedded Scruggs. Since Scruggs’ own attorney said he was going to refuse to answer each question on grounds that it might tend to incriminate him, it would be shocking if Scruggs did not journey to the Fifth Dimension. The questions, from reading the transcript of Friday’s hearing about the Scruggs deposition (see below for a link, it was in yesterday’s post), included many about how much Scruggs and Hood cooperated in linking civil litigation and criminal investigations, when both of them began working with the Rigsby sisters, Mike Moore’s involvement, and many, many "Moore." But even though Scruggs didn’t answer, look at that All-Star cast listed up top, they’re not all going to take the Fifth — should be plenty of good questions and answers today. Where’s Court TV when you need it?
I’m sure Hood is tired of getting pies thrown in his face, but I thought the tactic in this Motion to Strike State Farm’s trial brief was overly defensive. This new filing by Hood takes to task the State Farm’s trial brief, which I linked to in yesterday’s post, as being nothing but a surrebuttal to Hood’s motion to dissolve the injunction. Maybe, maybe not, but complaining about a party’s extra briefing usually comes off as pretty whiny, like running to teacher to tell about kids who won’t give your ball back. It just highlights the fact you believe the brief was effective — if it wasn’t, you wouldn’t care, because you never try to stop someone who is damaging themselves. Better to just use the occasion as an excuse for writing your own extra brief knocking down any new points they made and making your own again.