Hood speaks on Scruggs sentence

“It’s a sad day for the judicial system of our state,” Hood said. “No one wins in such situations, but by these sentences and the earlier convictions, justice has been served.

“Hopefully, our system has been strengthened, not weakened, and we can move forward to better serve the citizens of Mississippi.”

Hood received his share of criticism for not pursuing state charges against Scruggs and another campaign contributor who pleaded guilty to a judicial bribery scheme in January, Joey Langston. Hood has said that prosecuting them would be like charging a member of his family with a crime and deferred to local district attorneys.