But why, Dickie?

The most fascinating question, the one at the heart of U.S. v. Scruggs, is really psychological rather than legal or financial. Rossmiller repeats the phrasing of it featured in folo-friend Walter Olson’s article for the Wall Street Journal yesterday:

“It just boggles the mind,” said one Mississippi trial lawyer quoted in the Los Angeles Times about the indictment of tort lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs last week on charges of backing the attempted bribery of a state judge. “Here is a man who has had an enormous amount of success, who reached a level very few attorneys, if any, have reached. Why would he risk everything over a legal dispute over attorneys’ fees?” [emph. mine]