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Jackson lawyer pleads guilty to bribery

A 13-page indictment in the case claims Balducci made the bribe at the behest of prominent attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs (pictured above) and others in Scruggs' firms. A 13-page indictment in the case claims Balducci made the bribe at the behest of prominent attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs (pictured above) and others in Scruggs' firms.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Lawyer Timothy Balducci has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe a judge and is assisting federal prosecutors in a case involving one of the nation's wealthiest trial lawyers.

Balducci made the plea yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) after initially pleading not guilty.

He's allegedly the lawyer who physically delivered thousands of dollars to a judge in exchange for a favorable ruling in a case involving $26.5 million in disputed legal fees from a Hurricane Katrina insurance settlement.

A 13-page indictment in the case claims Balducci made the bribe at the behest of prominent attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs and others in Scruggs' firms.

Scruggs and the others deny the claims.

Scruggs' son and law partner, Zach Scruggs, also were charged in the case.

Balducci initially appeared in court about 1:30 p.m. yesterday and pleaded not guilty. By 4 p.m. he had entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to bribe an elected state official.

That came a week after Scruggs and the others made their first appearance in federal court in the case.

Balducci was released on his own recognizance.

 

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