'InJustice The Film' Where Are They Now: Dickie Scruggs

8/7/2013 • 1:24pm • Posted By InJustice Team

In our expose of greed and corruption in America’s lawsuit industry, we told the story of three trial attorneys: Dickie Scruggs, Bill Lerach, and Mel Weiss. By the end of our film, all had one thing in common. They were all in prison.

But what has happened to them since our film ended?

Before his conviction on judicial corruption charges, Richard "Dickie" Scruggs was risen to become one of the most powerful and prominent attorneys in America.

Along with Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore, Scruggs helped pioneer litigation against American tobacco companies that led to a $248 billion settlement. Scruggs also famous for asbestos litigation and for suing State Farm Insurance in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, including representing his brother-in-law, then-Senator Trent Lott, in the Katrina litigation.

On March 14th, 2008, Scruggs pleaded guilty in Federal Court on bribery charges for attempting to bribe Mississippi Third Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey in exchange for a favorable ruling in a fee dispute with another attorney. Scruggs was sentenced to five years in prison on June 26th, 2008.

In February of 2009, Scruggs pleaded guilty in the wake of a separate federal indictment for seeking to make a corrupt deal with Mississippi judge Bobby DeLaughter, famous for winning the 1994 conviction of Byron de la Beckwith for the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, in which Scruggs would recommend DeLaughter to Sen. Trent Lott for a federal judgeship appointment.  He was fined $100,000 and sentenced to seven years in prison, to run concurrently with his 2008 sentence, thus adding two more years to his prison time.

In March of 2013, Scruggs' attorneys Edward "Chip" Robertson Jr. and Mike Moore (the former MS Attorney General) asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to toss his 2009 guilty plea, contending Scruggs never offered DeLaughter "anything of value." Scruggs was freed on $2 million bond pending the result of this appeal.

Scruggs conviction was upheld by the 5th Circuit Court panel in April of 2013.


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