Mills opined that he had never witnessed a more talented lawyer than Langston, calling him an ‘outstanding litigator.’ Still, Mills sentenced Langston to the maximum three-year stay in federal prison for his role in a judicial bribery scheme involving disgraced plaintiffs attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs.
Langston asked to be incarcerated in Montgomery, Ala., where he would be best able to care for his insulin-dependant diabetes that requires four injections a day. He was ordered to transport himself to a yet-to-be-determined federal penitentiary on Jan. 15, 2009, before 2 p.m. and pay a $250,000 fine.
“I’ll leave it up to you to get there. I wish you the best of luck, and you are now excused,” Mills said.
And thus ended the storied career of a man known in north Mississippi with no equal except Santa Claus for generosity, according to the hundreds of letters sent to Mills on Langston’s behalf.