Miss. auditor weighing appeal in attorneys fees case

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering is determing whether he should appeal a court ruling that will allow a pair of admitted felons to keep the millions of dollars they made representing the State.

Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd upheld the $14 million that attorneys made in 2005 in a case concerning the bankruptcy of Worldcom, the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson reported. Two of those attorneys, Timothy Balducci and Joey Langston, have pleaded guilty to judicial bribery schemes and are currently incarcerated.

Pickering said he always anticipated the matter would ultimately be decided by the state Supreme Court.

“There is clear precedent on the need to get legislative appropriation for compensation to special assistants to the attorney general, which was not done in the Langston matter,” Pickering said.

Legal News Line
2/22/10