The Clarion-Ledger, 12/12/7

State voters were flooded with information about Attorney General Jim Hood’s personal and political relationship with famed Booneville attorney Joey Langston and his former legal associate Tim Balducci during Hood’s recent general election showdown with Republican nominee Al Hopkins.

Hopkins and the state Republican Party told the voters often and in great detail about Hood’s decision to award an outside counsel contingency fee contract to Langston’s law firm and the Lundy and Davis law firm in Louisiana that ultimately led to the state’s 2005 $100 million MCI settlement for alleged tax fraud.

In addition to the dollar amount, the state also took possession of several WorldCom properties in downtown Jackson, including the old WorldCom headquarters at Amite and North President streets. MCI paid legal fees of $14 million to outside counsel.

Hood should find it increasingly difficult to distance himself from Langston, Balducci and others who find themselves stuck in the web of the Scruggs probe.