Well. This afternoon, the United States Bankruptcy Judge in that case held a telephone conference with the participants in the case. The New York judge announced that he was rejecting Langston’s and Balducci’s arguments and would not hear their case, because the matter was not properly before him. In essence, the court ruled that the attorneys’ fee case should be decided in the courts of Mississippi.
This ruling was a complete victory for Bryant and for current State Auditor Stacey Pickering, who picked up the mantle of pursuing recovery of the fees after last year’s elections. With the recent announcement by United States District Judge Henry Wingate that he, too, was sending the matter to Mississippi’s state courts over Langston’s objections, the State Auditor’s case in Hinds Circuit Court will now proceed against Langston, Balducci and the Langston Law Firm for recovery of the $14 million.