Tuesday, December 4, 2007
The Wall Street Journal has more on the Dickie Scruggs indictment for allegedly attempting to bribe a Mississippi state judge in the Katrina insurance litigation -- It's Party Time for Mr. Scruggs, by Paulo Prada and Peter Lattman. (Prior related posts are here and here.) Some in the article who defend Mr. Scruggs speculate that perhaps Mr. Balducci, the less-well-known lawyer allegedly taped offering the bribe on behalf of him and Mr. Scruggs, was working on his own, trying to impress Mr. Scruggs.
Interestingly, the best-selling author John Grisham, who is also a friend of Mr. Scruggs, defends Mr. Scruggs on the grounds of egregious plot:
"This doesn't sound like the Dickie Scruggs that I know," Mr. Grisham said yesterday. "When you know Dickie, and how successful he has been, you could not believe he would be involved in such a boneheaded bribery scam that is not in the least bit sophisticated."
We'll have to wait for Grisham's next novel to see how he can correct the plot to make it more convincing. But as many a practicing lawyer knows, real law practice is often not as interesting as a Grisham novel.