Katrina lawsuits: Coast victimized again?

Scruggs and his son, Zach, former State Auditor Steve Patterson and attorneys Sidney Backstrom and Timothy Balducci were indicted Wednesday on allegations they paid a judge $40,000 in exchange for ruling in favor of Scruggs in a $26.5 million legal fees dispute. His lawyer, Joey Langston of Booneville, said Scruggs plans to continue to represent more than 1,000 policyholders who are suing insurance companies in the wake of Katrina.

Clarion Ledger Editorial