Richard "Dickie" Scruggs is serving the rest of his federal sentence at his home in Oxford. The disbarred Pascagoula attorney was sentenced to seven years in 2009 for allegedly influencing former Hinds County Judge, Bobby Delaughter, in a civil lawsuit. Scruggs was a high profile lawyer who represented victims of Hurricane Katrina in a suit against insurance companies. He first gained national attention in the 1990s when he filed lawsuits against the tobacco industry.
Louis Kyriakoudes, a tobacco historian, says, “Richard Scruggs is a significant person in the history of tobacco control and anti-tobacco activism. Without the legal actions that were spearheaded by Mr. Scruggs in the early 90s, we wouldn't know all that the tobacco industry knew about their products and their activities. Without the documents revealed in litigation, we wouldn't know about the tobacco industry's targeting of children under the age of 18.” Prosecutors in the 2009 trial said Scruggs told a Hinds County judge that he would recommend the judge for an appointment to the federal bench in return for a favorable ruling in a court case.