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Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott has retained Washington, D.C., white-collar defense lawyer Thomas Green to advise him on his potential testimony in the case involving bribery allegations against Mississippi lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. Green, head of federal and state investigations and white collar defense for Sidley Austin in Washington, insisted that, contrary to published reports, Lott is not under investigation. Green said Lott has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors to testify at Scruggs’ March 31 trial. Defense lawyers also wanted to question Scruggs, he said. “He just wanted some advice on how to respond to a subpoena,” Green said. “He’s going to be a trial witness. He is not under investigation.” Lott is Scruggs brother-in-law. His side of the story Scruggs, one of the most prominent trial lawyers in the country, was indicted along with four other co-defendants on charges of attempting to bribe a federal judge to rule his way in a $25 million fee dispute case. Two co-defendants have already plead guilty and are government cooperators. Lott has been subpoenaed by the government to tell his side of a separate attempted bribery and fee dispute case playing out in Hinds County, Mississippi, involving Scruggs. In that case, lawyer Joey Langston pleaded guilty to acting as Scruggs’ go-between with County Judge Bobby DeLaughter. Scruggs has not been charged in that case. Scruggs and Lott have denied any wrongdoing in the matter. According to lawyers involved in the case and court documents, Langston offered DeLaughter a shot at a federal judgeship in exchange for a favorable ruling for Scruggs. Ostensibly, Scruggs would use his relationship with Lott to get Lott to push for the judgeship. Lott has said publicly that he did speak to DeLaughter as a “courtesy,” but wound up nominating someone else for the judgeship. Green declined to talk about the details of the case, citing Lott’s pending testimony, except to say, “I don’t think there’s anything to this.” He does not plan on accompanying Lott to the trial in Oxford, Green said. Green said he knows nothing about whether Lott has been questioned by prosecutors from the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Division, who are reportedly investigating DeLaughter. Lott resigned from the Senate one year into his term to start a Washington lobbying firm, called Breaux Lott, with former Democratic senator John Breaux. Green, a former federal prosecutor, has represented numerous investigative targets, including Richard Secord during the Iran-Contra investigation; one of the initial Watergate defendants, Robert Martian; and Don Tyson and Tyson Foods, which was investigated for giving improper gratuities to former Secretary of the Agriculture Mike Espy. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oxford, Mississippi did not return callsseeking comment.

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