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

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

    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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  • 6/5/2013 • 2:54pm • Posted By InJustice Team

    Breitbart's Big Hollywood Reviews 'InJustice'

    Breitbart.com's Christian Toto has weighed in after having viewed our film InJustice:

    InJustice is a mind-blowing look at a serious problem, one all but ignored by most mainstream documentary filmmakers. As usual, the mainstream media dodges anything that gets in the way of its liberal belief system, but InJustice is a gem nonetheless. Watch it and see our broken civil justice system largely for what it is: a system "by lawyers, for lawyers, and in lawyers' interests."

    You can read the rest of his review here, and you can catch InJustice on AXS TV on Saturday, June 8th at 4pm EST.

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  • 5/9/2013 • 10:21am • Posted By InJustice Team

    'InJustice The Film' Where Are They Now: Bill Lerach

    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?

    Just lie Melvyn “Mel” Weiss, Bill Lerach was a partner in the firm Milberg Weiss, which made their reputation filing securities class action lawsuits against some of Wall Street’s biggest companies. Lerach left Milberg Weiss in 2004 to help form the San Diego-based firm Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman and Robbins.  Lerach left the firm in August of 2007.

    Lerach was indicted and eventually pled guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and making false declarations under oath related to his involvement in the Milberg Weiss kickback scheme. He was sentenced to two years in federal prison, two years probation, fined $250,000, and ordered to complete 1,000 hours of community service on February 11th, 2008.

    After his incarceration at the Federal Correctional Facility in Stafford, Arizona, Lerach was released to a halfway house in San Diego, before serving the final two-and-a-half months in home confinement.

    Lerach’s license to practice law was suspended in December 2008, and he was disbarred by the California State Bar in March of 2009.

    Interviewed by Bloomberg in 2011, Lerach commented that he had no regrets, stating, “I wouldn't change anything I did. I’m proud of my life and what we achieved for people.” He went on to characterize the illegal kickback scheme that led to his and Mel Weiss’ indictment and conviction as a “defect” in their work, adding, “We chose to lead a life in a certain way, at a certain level of confrontation, and in most respects it was enormously successful. But it had a defect in it that was exploited by people who were happy to go after us.”

    Lerach is now a regular on the public speaking and lecture circuit. In 2010, he was hired at the University of California at Irvine to teach on the regulation of free market capitalism at the university’s law school.

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  • 5/3/2013 • 2:37pm • Posted By InJustice Team

    'InJustice The Film' Where Are They Now: Mel Weiss

    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?

    Melvyn “Mel” Weiss and his firm, Milberg Weiss, made their reputation filing securities class action lawsuits against some of Wall Street’s biggest companies. On March 20th, 2008, Weiss pled guilty to making illegal client kickbacks in exchange for an 18- to 33-month prison sentence and fines and restitution of $10 million.

    On June 2nd, 2008, Weiss was sentenced to 30 months in prison. He served half of his sentence at Morgantown, West Virginia’s minimum security Federal Correctional Institution, with the remainder served under home confinement. Since the end of his home confinement, Weiss has been on probation. He was scheduled to complete his three years of supervised release on February 5th, 2013.

    In 2009, it was revealed that Weiss, along with fellow Milberg Weiss partner David Bershad, were customers of Bernie Madoff and among the many who were victims of Madoff’s multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme.

    In 2010, Weiss formed MIW Consulting, LLC, in Boca Raton, Florida, where he is available as a mediator or arbitrator in complex disputes.

    In late December of 2012, Weiss had another run-in with the law. This time, Weiss was arrested on charges of driving under the influence during a traffic stop in Boynton Beach, Florida.

    Weiss potentially faces more time in prison for violating the terms of his release, and was expected back in court on May 3rd, 2013.

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  • 12/11/2012 • 9:17pm • Posted By Brian Kelly

    Recent Screenings in Oregon, Texas and Louisiana

    During the past few weeks, several organizations across the country have held screenings of InJustice.  We thank everyone for hosting these events, and provide a quick rundown here: 

    • Ashland, Oregon (November 28) — Hosted by the Oregon Taxpayers Association
    • Baton Rouge, Louisiana (November 28) - Hosted by the Pelican Institute for Public Policy
    • San Antonio, Texas  (November 27) — Hosted by the Alamo Pachyderm Club
    • Dallas, Texas (November 27) — Hosted by the Greater Dallas Pachyderm Club
    Here is a photo of the Dallas Pachyderm Club screening:

     

    Here is a photo of the screening hosted by the Alamo Pachyderm Club:

     

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  • 12/11/2012 • 5:18pm • Posted By Brian Kelly

    AXS TV Premier One Week from Tonight!

    Injustice will make its AXS TV premier one week from tonight — Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 9 p.m.!

    Please click here to find AXS TV on your local TV provider.

    Here is the AXS TV trailer:

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  • 11/19/2012 • 6:57am • Posted By Brian Kelly

    Screening in Tomball, TX

    We received a report today that the Yellow Rose of Texas Republican Women screened InJustice at their monthly meeting, held last week in Tomball, TX (a suburb of Houston).

    Thank you!

    We're told that the audience included State Rep. Allen Fletcher (R-Tomball), as well as a very engaged group of local citizens — all of whom received the film very well.

    Here is a photo of Rep. Fletcher commenting favorably about our film at the event:

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  • 11/19/2012 • 6:50am • Posted By Brian Kelly

    Screening at the State Policy Network Annual Meeting

    We were honored to screen InJustice before an engaged audience at the State Policy Network Annual Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida last week!

    As you can see from the photo below, they added a little twist to their screening. Hey, what's a movie without some hot, buttered popcorn!?!

     

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  • 9/20/2012 • 9:12pm • Posted By InJustice Team

    Screening InJustice in Chicago!

    Last night, we screened InJustice for 50 people in a great event in Chicago co-sponsored by the America's Future Foundation - Chicago and the Heartland Institute.

    Producer Brian Kelly was on hand to answer questions from the audience of approximately 50 attendees about what compelled him to make InJustice and about the problems with greed and corruption in the lawsuit industry raised by the film.  With three different counties in Illinois — Cook, St. Clair, and Madison — regularly named as among the worst judicial jurisdictions in the country, our film clearly connected with the audience.

    Thanks to AFF-Chicago, and to the Heartland Institute for hosting us in their office library! 

    Check out our events section for more upcoming screenings in InJustice, including programs in Austin, TX, and Minneapolis, MN!

     

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  • 8/22/2012 • 3:23pm • Posted By Brian Kelly

    'InJustice" on the Road in Charleston, WV

    Last week, we had the pleasure of taking InJustice to Charleston, WV for a screening and Q&A presentation.

    We had a very engaged audience (Q&A lasted about an hour) — and we were able to get some great press attention for the movie:

    I also participated in a 20-minute live interview with WCHS drive-time radio host Mike Agnello.


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