LNL – Hood thinks Pickering has spent too much on MCI fees – wants him to stop

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – Opponents of Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering say he has spent too much time and taxpayer money fighting $14 million in attorneys fees for private lawyers hired to represent the State.

A Hinds County Circuit Court judge recently ruled that attorneys hired by state Attorney General Jim Hood to sue WorldCom over back taxes allegedly owed during the company’s bankruptcy. Former Auditor Phil Bryant first challenged the $100 million settlement, saying the attorneys fees should have been given to the state Legislature for appropriation.

Pickering picked up his predecessor’s cause. He said he is deciding whether he should appeal the decision.

Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy represented the firms, which included Joey Langston’s former firm. He was one of two attorneys in the case who are now incarcerated for judicial bribery schemes.

Legal News Line
2/23/10