The Clarion-Ledger, 12/5/7

Lawyer Timothy Balducci has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe a judge and is assisting federal prosecutors in a case involving one of the nation’s wealthiest trial lawyers.

Balducci is allegedly the lawyer who physically delivered thousands of dollars to a judge in exchange for a favorable ruling in a case involving $26.5 million in disputed legal fees from a Hurricane Katrina insurance settlement. A 13-page indictment in the case claims Balducci made the bribe at the behest of prominent attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and others in Scruggs’ firms.

Scruggs and the others deny the claims.