The Clarion-Ledger, 12/17/7

P.L. Blake likes to describe himself as a Delta farmer who grew up around politics and built a lucrative consulting business, but he also fended off bankruptcy and criminal bribery charges in the 1980s before he recouped his fortune the following decade through ties to attorney Dickie Scruggs.

Blake will earn $50 million, court records show, for clipping newspaper articles and alerting Scruggs to political maneuvering.

Scruggs also amassed around $1 billion in legal fees through settlements on behalf of clients whose health was destroyed by asbestos and tobacco. Blake advised Scruggs through both battles.