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Bobby DeLaughter: “I didn’t do nearly everything that they thought I did.”

Megan West at WAPT TV in Jackson got an interesting interview with Bobby Delaughter, apparently on the occasion of his Amazon-only new novel.

“I said then, and will always say it because it’s the truth, I didn’t do nearly everything that they thought I did. But I was stupid. I admit that,” DeLaughter told [...]

Bobby DeLaughter writes about a criminal who moves from Jackson to New Orleans…

… where, according to a jacket-blurb on Amazon (the only place the book is available), he resumes his life of crime:

The journey DeLaughter now takes us on is not merely one from his roots of Jackson, Mississippi to his new home along the narrow streets and alleys of the famous French Quarter of [...]

James Crockett’s new book, a look at Scruggs, DeLaughter and the gang: Power Greed Hubris

University Press of Mississippi has a new look out at the Minor – Scruggs – DeLaughter bribery cases, titled Power Greed Hubris: Judicial Bribery in Mississippi.  This one is by James R. Crockett, a professor emeritus at the University of Southern Mississippi and adjunct professor of accountancy at the University of Mississippi. He wrote Hands in [...]

Merrell Williams, who gave (or sold) tobacco documents to Scruggs, dies at 72

Longtime Oxford folks may remember Abbie’s Irish Rose, one of the first bars in Oxford, that opened in what had been the lobby of the Henry Hotel, later renamed the Abbey (because it had windows from a prior occupant of that space, the Methodist Church), in the mid-70s. Its owner, Merrell Williams, came to [...]

The Scruggs appeals are at an end

The United States Supreme Court denied cert this week on Dickie Scruggs’s appeal from Judge Bigger’s refusal to grant relief from Scruggs’s guilty plea.

This was not a surprise.

The Mississippi Business Journal story summed it up as well as possible:

Though he pleaded guilty, Scruggs began appealing his conviction in 2010. But he [...]

Where is the Folo blog?

Occasionally, someone will ask me what happened to www.folo.us, the domain where the old Folo blog lived, at least from roughly February of 2008 until posting stopped in March of 2009.

Apparently, sometime this Spring, the domain registry fee was unpaid and the domain lapsed.  A spam site took it over, and pulled up [...]

The Fifth Circuit holds that Scruggs’s guilt of bribing DeLaughter was “overwhelmingly establishe[d]”

We agree with the district court in concluding that the record overwhelmingly establishes the existence of a corrupt bribery agreement between Scruggs and DeLaughter.

Fifth Circuit opinion in United States v. Scruggs

An interesting thing about the post-conviction efforts by Zach Scruggs to set aside his plea in Scruggs I and his father in [...]

Jury returns verdict for the Rigsby sisters against State Farm

Longtime followers of this blog and its predecessor may remember the qui tam suit the Scruggs Katrina Group filed on behalf of the Rigsby Sisters, who were adjustors for State Farm after Katrina.  They alleged that State Farm was fraudulently moving claims from wind damage, which they covered, to water damage, which was covered [...]

“it would be tooth-fairy odd … in the absence of a quid pro quo.” Notes on Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit Appeal, Part 3

The record makes manifest that the petitioner passed out search warrants like popsicles in July to a person whom he knew had no legitimate use for them. Common sense strongly suggests that the petitioner—who risked his reputation, his job, and his liberty by conspiring with Fosher—must have received some sort of emolument to make [...]

“Defendants all over the country were raising these kinds of claims.” Notes on Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit Appeal, Part 2

This is the second of three posts about Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit appeal of the denial of relief from his guilty plea to bribery of Judge DeLaughter.  Part one is here.

Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit appeal is about the case involving Bobby DeLaughter.  The question on appeal is, essentially, whether admittedly corrupt or unethical contact with [...]