Grand jury indicts high-profile lawyer in bribery scheme - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Grand jury indicts high-profile lawyer in bribery scheme

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted prominent attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs on criminal charges that he and other lawyers engaged in a scheme to bribe a judge. 

A 13-page indictment accuses Scruggs, his son and law partner Zach Scruggs and three other lawyers of conspiring to bribe state Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey with more than $40,000 in cash.

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They were indicted today.

According to the indictment, the lawyers tried to get Lackey to sign an order in a civil lawsuit filed by a law firm that accused Scruggs of withholding fees for work on Hurricane Katrina insurance litigation.

The indictment says Lackey, who sits in Mississippi's Third Circuit Court District, reported the "bribery overture" to federal authorities and agreed to assist investigators in an "undercover capacity."

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