CL – Miss. saw increase in judicial and bar complaints since Scruggs scandal

While the case “initially had an impact on public confidence, since that time some healing and progress has been made,” he said. “The system did work, and it may have helped people seeing that.”

After the bribery char-ges against Scruggs and others in late 2007, the state Commission on Judicial Performance saw an increase in the number of complaints against judges.

In 2007, the commission received 268 complaints. That figure rose to 322 in 2008 and 337 in 2009.

Executive Director John Toney said most complaints turn out to be unfounded. “Our goal is to help good judges and get after bad judges,” he said.

Adam Kilgore, general counsel for The Mississippi Bar, said his office received an increased number of complaints against lawyers in the wake of the charges.

Those complaints, normally in the mid-500 range, reached 604 from August 2007 to July 2008.

The Bar also received regular phone calls from attorneys who wanted to make sure they didn’t cross the line.