A noted anti-tobacco attorney jailed for conspiring to bribe a Mississippi judge pleaded guilty to mail fraud Tuesday in a second bribery scheme. Richard "Dickie" Scruggs admitted he was involved in a scheme to entice a judge to rule in his favor in an asbestos case by promising he'd be appointed to the federal bench with help from Scruggs' brother-in-law, former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott. Scruggs, who already is serving five years in jail, was sentenced to a seven-year term that will run at the same time.
Scruggs Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud
The Associated Press
February 11, 2009