The Clarion-Ledger, 11/29/7

Multimillionaire Mississippi lawyer Dickie Scruggs, portrayed in a 1999 Hollywood film about his legal fight against the tobacco industry, is facing federal charges of conspiring to bribe a judge handling $26.5 million in attorney fees related to Hurricane Katrina claims.

Not long after drawing applause for allowing University of Mississippi officials to use his private jet to fly new football coach Houston Nutt to Oxford, Scruggs turned himself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon.

Others indicted in the alleged scheme included Scruggs’ son, Zach, former State Auditor Steve Patterson and attorneys Sidney Backstrom and Timothy Balducci.