Even before State Farm filed its suit on September 13, 2007, the plot had begun to thicken. On August 21, 2007, Scruggs was indicted in federal court in Birmingham for criminal contempt for failing to obey a court order in the case brought by State Farm’s subcontractor against his whistleblowers. Scruggs has pleaded not guilty. The order he is charged with defying had required him to return to the subcontractor documents that had been “purloined” by Scruggs’s whistleblowers; instead, Scruggs had turned the documents over to Hood’s office (even though Hood’s office already had a set).
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