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LNL – Scruggs remains without local counsel

By: Magnolia Tribune - January 17, 2008

Scruggs remains without local counsel

Federal judge Neal Biggers was either making a joke about Mississippi lawyers or simply voicing his opinion on a rule that requires defendants like prominent trial lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs to employ local counsel Wednesday.

“I’m not sure that’s a good rule anyway,” Biggers said shortly after rejecting a motion that asked if Oxford attorney Kenneth Coghlan could join the Scruggs defense team.

Biggers surely wasn’t having fun at the expense of Coghlan, whom he spoke highly of during the hearing. But for now, Scruggs will have to do without local counsel as he fights charges that he and four others conspired to bribe Lafayette County Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey with $40,000 in a dispute over $26.5 million in attorneys fees.

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