Hood: Federal justice effective against Scruggs

“The federal government effectively used its wiretap authority to prosecute a rare judicial bribery case,” Hood said. “It would be an effective deterrent in other white collar crime cases, if the Legislature would give wiretap authority to state prosecutors.”

Hood has drawn criticism since the November indictment of Scruggs, a large campaign contributor whose relationship with Hood was described as “remarkably close” by federal prosecutors in Scruggs’ recently dismissed contempt case.

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