Alice Martin, the U.S. Attorney in Birmingham, Ala., has declined a federal judge's request to prosecute prominent Mississippi attorney Richard F. Scruggs and his law firm for criminal contempt in a Hurricane Katrina insurance dispute. In his June request, U.S. District Judge William M. Acker Jr. said he would appoint another attorney to handle the prosecution if Martin declined the court's request. Scruggs is suing State Farm on behalf of hundreds of Mississippi residents.
U.S. Attorney Declines Judge's Request to Prosecute Lawyer for Contempt in Katrina Dispute
The Associated Press
July 27, 2007