Fight over Langston’s and Balducci’s millions appears headed for state court

Two former attorneys at the center of Mississippi’s judicial bribery scandal want a federal bankruptcy judge’s rulings before their fight to preserve fees earned performing state work is transferred to a state court.

Joey Langston and Timothy Balducci made $14 million in a 2005 state settlement with MCI and are fighting a multi-court battle against former state Auditor Phil Bryant and current Auditor Stacey Pickering. A federal judge in Jackson last week ruled the suit should be heard Hinds County Circuit Court.

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