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FBI searches law office of Richard Scruggs' attorney

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The FBI Monday seized files from the law office of attorney Joey Langston, who is representing high-profile Mississippi attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs in a judicial bribery case.

The FBI would not say what the agents took when they executed a search warrant at Langston's office in Booneville, Mississippi.

Anthony Farese, an attorney for Zach Scruggs, Richard Scruggs' son and law partner, says the FBI took files related to its investigation that Scruggs, his son and three others conspired to pay a judge $50,000 for a favorable ruling in a dispute over $26.5 million in legal fees.

Timothy Balducci, an attorney who once worked for Langston, pleaded guilty last week to participating in the alleged scheme and is cooperating with federal authorities.

Farese says Langston's law firm has worked with Scruggs for years on a range of cases.       Farese says the FBI seized records relating to cases that Balducci worked on before he left the firm more than a year ago and opened his own law office.

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