Scruggs begins 5-year sentence

Convicted trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs reported Monday to a federal prison in Kentucky.

Scruggs, a once-famed plaintiffs’ attorney who made millions through class action lawsuits, is beginning a five-year prison sentence for conspiring to bribe a judge with $50,000.

He was convicted of conspiring to offer the money to Lafayette County Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey in exchange for a favorable ruling in a dispute over $26.5 million in legal fees from a settlement of Hurricane Katrina insurance cases.

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