Hood’s testimony is pretty equivocal. Here’s what I glean from the State Farm v. Hood testimony:
He admits a dinner meeting with Patterson and Balducci and says they had just left the firm they were in and implies they were talking about their new firm.
He denies knowing whether Patterson and Balducci were sent by Scruggs, but at the level of “I can’t know what is in another man’s mind.”
He denies eating at Crechale’s.
He denies that he was threatened. It’s equivocal to me whether he denies they talked about Democratic opposition for him.
He does not deny (or admit) they were talking about Katrina cases or State Farm.