Third update: State Farm v. Hood

I don’t have verbatim quotes, but Robie asked Hood if he was at a dinner in Jackson right after Scruggs had tentatively settled 640 Katrina cases with State Farm, and if Tim Balducci and Steven Patterson told Hood that if he didn’t help make the settlement happen Scruggs and Mike Moore would make sure Hood had opposition in the 2007 Democractic primary, and within a week Hood settled the criminal investigation with State Farm in late January.

The way I heard it is Hood turned red at the question, said he hadn’t been to the restaurant in a long time, then said he hadn’t been threatened, but instead said he had talked with Balducci and Patterson about leaving a firm they were with.

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