Scruggs Gets 5 Years, a ‘Scar and a Stain on my Soul’

By June 27, 2008General

From the Biloxi Sun-Herald:

OXFORD, Miss. — Attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, who earned his reputation n the 1990s by winning a $206 billion settlement from tobacco companies, was sentenced to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines for trying to bribe a Mississippi district court judge in an insurance case stemming from Hurricane Katrina.

In sentencing Scruggs, Judge Neal D. Biggers Jr. called the crime “reprehensible.” Before sentencing, Scruggs told the judge, “I could not be more ashamed to be where I am today. I realized I was getting mixed up in it and I will go to my grave wondering why. I have disappointed everyone in my life – my wife, family and friends here to support me today. I deeply regret my conduct. It is a scar and a stain on my soul.”

More comments here. And lots of background, including pre-sentencing letters, at the Insurance Coverage Blog.

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