Disbarred Pascagoula Attorney Serves House Arrest

Reported by: Mark Armstrong
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 3/27 8:48 pm
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.
Share
Gulfport
79° Clear Feels Like: 79° F
High: 79° F
Low: 51° F
Wind: Calm


Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's FCC public inspection file should contact: WXXV TV Attn: Bobby Edwards 14351 Highway 49 Gulfport, MS 39503 Phone: 228-831-5200 Email: bedwards@wxxv25.com or Donna Ingram Phone: 228-831-5201 Email: dkgingram@wxxv25.com. To view our public file, visit the 'About WXXV' link at the top of this page. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 1-888-225-5322 or fccinfo@fcc.gov.

Copyright © 2014 WXXV-TV and Morris Networks of MS All Rights Reserved