According to court observers, Judge Winston Kidd has apparently allowed Attorney General Jim Hood’s office to align himself with his largest campaign contributor, Joey Langston, in a lawsuit contrary to the interests of the State of Mississippi. Langston, a former Special Assistant Attorney General, pleaded guilty to his role in Mississippi’s largest judicial bribery scandal in 2008. He also earned $14,000,000 in legal fees on the MCI transaction. He is the second Special Assistant Attorney General to plead guilty to judicial bribery.
Then State Auditor (now Lt. Governor) Phil Bryant and now his successor, State Auditor Stacey Pickering, have sued to recover those fees claiming that those fees should be allocated by the Mississippi legislature.
There is currently a Summary Judgement hearing in front of Judge Kidd and there will definitely be more coming on this later today.