I have been hearing talk for a week that something was up with Langston, a close associate of Dickie Scruggs over the years and his attorney after the Scruggs scandal broke. Now it’s confirmed. See this item just posted on the Clarion Ledger’s website. Here’s what it says:
FBI agents went inside the office this morning of Booneville lawyer Joey Langston, an attorney for multimillionaire Mississippi lawyer trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs.
"They are executing a search warrant," said Deborah Madden, spokeswoman for the FBI in Jackson.
Scruggs and others have pleaded innocent to federal charges that they schemed to bribe a judge handling $26.5 million in attorney fees related to Hurricane Katrina claims.
A truck could be seen outside Langston’s office.
Asked if agents were getting computers, Madden would not comment.
Calls to the Langston office this morning went unanswered.
Phones went unanswered? I guess that’s not in the job description of an FBI agent. You will remember that last week Langston’s colleague, William Quin, began appearing in court for Scruggs. Presumably there was a reason for the switch — a possible one being prosecutors had notified Langston he had a potential conflict in representing Scruggs himself. However, if Langston was conflicted out, one would think it probable that his whole firm would be. We shall see what transpires. What an amazing, amazing set of developments.