Hood has also worked with Balducci in the past. He hired Langston’s firm to represent the state in collecting $100 million in back taxes from telecom giant MCI. Langston and Balducci were paid $14 million as part of the MCI settlement in May 2005.
Hood tried to distance himself from Balducci.
“Our contracts have been with the Langston Law Firm, not directly with Timothy Balducci,” Hood said through a spokeswoman. “His only involvement with our office is in whatever tasks he was assigned by his employer.”