Scruggs nation, February 8

Food for thought. You know the feds are looking through this stuff. Now you can too.

— Lastly, and I know you’re going to say that stuff about Jim Hood is technically not Scruggs Nation material, but I just don’t have enough energy to write a whole post about the immediate and substantial rising that occurred with news that Hood had entered into a confidential settlement with State Farm over the State Farm lawsuit that enjoined his further criminal investigation.

Some people commented publicly, some sent me e-mails, I’m sure it’s the talk of Mississippi today. One point that seems valid is how can Hood keep a state contract secret? He was sued in his official capacity as Attorney General, is not the settlement available under the state’s public records law? Another is why does he want to? I mean, is there some odious term in it, like he is required to show up at State Farm’s headquarters in Bloomington each February 7 and say, “Thank you, sir, may I have another”? Was there some particularly humiliating condition — he had to autograph for Ed Rust a copy of the Lee Harrell deposition, where Harrell alleged Hood threatened to indict State Farm from the CEO on down if they didn’t settle civil Katrina lawsuits, and write on the transcript “Me sorry” with one of those dopey frown faces drawn next to it?

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