Scruggs Nation, Day 42

Work and other responsibilities left very little time for blogging today — not that I don’t have relevant documents and other stuff to pass along, but I don’t have time to do a proper post on them — so for now just a few things:

— Rumors and reports, some of them highly specific and credible, of impending criminal justice developments continue to gain force.  I am not, however, in a perfect position to spend time sorting them out.  As we are dealing here with the potential loss of liberty of people as well as their reputations and livelihood, I am going to let the fluidity of these circumstances congeal into something concrete before talking about them.  This may happen soon, perhaps it will not happen at all.  We will have to wait and see. 

— A reader passed along a very good column from the Greenwood Commonwealth newspaper on Friday about P.L. Blake.  I read it then, didn’t get around to linking to it right away but meant to do so today, but I see that the newspaper appears to have a firewall where you have to pay for access to stuff that isn’t today’s news.  Since I don’t feel like doing this — and I’m not sure the link would let you see the story anyway — you’ll have to take my word for it unless you saw the story yourself.  It was really good.  I don’t see much of a percentage in having a paid database unless you’re Lexis-Nexis or the Wall Street Journal.  I could be wrong — wouldn’t be the first time — maybe it’s just me or my computer.  If someone can give me a link that will work for everyone, I’d love to show you the column, very insightful about Scruggs and Blake.

UPDATE: Try this link to read a copy of the story (thanks to Susie in the comments). 

— Thanks for all the e-mails, I have been so busy lately I’m sure I have missed responding to some, but I’ve read them all. 

— As I mentioned, I have lots of documents to look at.  One of the most interesting of these is the second deposition of Cori Rigsby in the McIntosh case, on November 19, 2007.  It’s late as I’m writing this and I don’t have time to give a full play-by-play on it, but since many of you enjoy reading these documents for yourself, I’m going to link to it anyway.  Click here to read the deposition.  Here’s a hint to find the most interesting parts: use the search feature on Adobe Acrobat — usually it’s the little binocular-looking thing in the top left, depending on your program — and enter the word "privilege."  That will take you to numerous hits where attorney-client privilege and work product were asserted to avoid questions.  I believe that subsequently, Magistrate Judge Robert Walker has ruled against most or all of these assertions of privilege. 

 

     

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  1. Susie Quincy

    Try this link to the same article about P.L. Blake from the McComb Enterprise Journal. http://www.enterprise-journal.com/articles/2007/12/27/opinion/03.txt

  2. Mississippian

    What was the title of the column from Gwood paper? Got links to a few items they have run.

  3. mississippiwatcher

    Another recent update…DeLaughter sits in front of the Federal Grand Jury up in Oxford this week. Here is a article in the Clarion-Ledger:
    http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080108/NEWS/801080365/1001/news
    And Ed Peters is still missing…..

  4. You guys may want to check Folo. She is reporting that Langston and company did not show for the grand jury today.

  5. MS Smitty

    From the deposition you posted today:
    Cori Rigsby: “I called Dick Scruggs Monday morning and told him what we had done, and he contacted — I know he contacted the AG’s office. I can’t remember if he contacted the U.S. attorney’s office or if I called Jenny Williams directly. But both of them, the attorney general’s office and the U.S. attorney’s office, sent a representative over to my house — I think they have a local office — to pick up the documents.”
    So our state AG gets a call from Scruggs early that Monday morning. Scruggs tells Hood that his “consultants”, two individuals that Hood’s office was already quite familiar with, spent the weekend ripping off a pile of confidential SF documents. Scruggs tells Hood that his consultants also just so happened to have had the foresight to make him his very own copy. Hood then sends one of his staffers over to pick up the loot and by 10ish the Mississippi AG’s office has the purloined goods in their possession.
    Gotta love that Jim Hood. Always looking out for Mississippi’s best interests.