The Mississippi state court judge who prosecutors say was offered a bribe in a case involving high-profile plaintiffs’ attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs said he experienced a “shock that I can’t put into words” when first approached.
In an interview recounting the episode, Judge Henry Lackey said the overture came from another lawyer he knew, Timothy Balducci of New Albany, Miss. “My first thought was: What kind of character flaw has he discovered in me that would lead him to think that I would do something like this?” said Judge Lackey, 73 years old. “I was furious. I mean, this strikes …