He earned millions and made national headlines suing corporations, but disbarred attorney Dickie Scruggs returned home quietly last week to Oxford, where he will finish a prison sentence under home confinement.
His old friend Mike Moore, a Jackson lawyer who previously served as state attorney general, said officials at a federal prison camp in Montgomery probably hated to see Scruggs go. The high-octane lawyer had been teaching math classes to inmates so they could pass the GED test. In fact, Scruggs earned his certification to teach the classes after he realized inmates were failing the GED because of poor math skills.
“I’m sure Dick’s going to look for some ways to do some good,” Moore said. “He’s always trying to help people.”
Moore said Scruggs would have to explain what he learned from his time in prison. But Scruggs did not respond to a telephone message from the Sun Herald.
“I’m sure he has a list of 100 lessons he has learned,” Moore said. “But I’m sure he will be careful in the future who he hangs around with. That’s what happened. He was hanging around with some people he shouldn’t have been hanging around with.”