Richard Scruggs, the attorney who built his career by taking on tobacco, asbestos and insurance companies, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for conspiring to bribe a judge. U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers Jr. called Scruggs' conduct "reprehensible" and fined him $250,000. Scruggs appeared to nearly faint as the federal judge scolded him for his conduct. "I could not be more ashamed where I am today, mixed up in a judicial bribery scheme," Scruggs told the judge.
Scruggs Gets Five Years in Prison in Bribery Scheme
The Associated Press
June 27, 2008