Former Miss. attorney general helping defend Zach Scruggs - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former Miss. attorney general helping defend Zach Scruggs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore has notified court officials that he is helping defend Richard "Dickie" Scruggs' son and law partner, Zach, against judicial bribery charges.

As attorney general, Moore teamed up with Richard Scruggs in 1994 to sue tobacco companies over the Medicaid costs of treating sick smokers.

They negotiated a 1997 settlement that is bringing Mississippi $4 billion over 25 years.

Their work with a corporate whistleblower on the tobacco litigation was depicted in the 1999 film "The Insider," starring Al Pacino and Russell Crowe.

In a written statement Monday, Moore said he has known Zach Scruggs since he was a child.

Zach Scruggs' trial is scheduled to start March 31 in Oxford.

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