Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Attorney’

RR: “Kings of Tort” documents fall of Scruggs, Minor

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The forthcoming book “Kings of Tort” by Alan Lange and Tom Dawson is a “must-read” for anyone interested in Mississippi legal and judicial politics.  Here is an excerpt from my column this week, but to get the meat you have to read the full thing at the Madison County Journal: Perry / ‘Kings of Tort’ document downfall

And to get the real meat, you have to read the book.

“I’ll take care of it.” Those five words from Dickie Scruggs sealed his fate, and begin chapter one of “Kings of Tort: The true story of Dickie Scruggs, Paul Minor, and two decades of political and legal manipulation in Mississippi.” Captivated, I read it in two sittings.

This book by Jackson businessman and Y’all Politics publisher Alan Lange, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Dawson, starts with all the nervous intrigue, betrayal, and corruption of a John Grisham thriller.

Another book about the downfall of tort titan Dickie Scruggs is forthcoming from acclaimed retired journalist Curtis Wilkie, Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi. “Fall of the House of Zeus” benefits from interviews with Dickie and Zach Scruggs denied to Dawson and Lange. Wilkie acknowledges a friendship with Scruggs.

Lange and Dawson will be launching a book tour on December 2 at the Pinnacle Building in downtown Jackson from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, sponsored by Lemuria Books. They will address the Stennis-Capitol Press Corps noon luncheon on December 7 at the University Club, also in downtown Jackson. More information about the book, and all the documents cited in the book, can be viewed online at

RR: Revenge of the ex-judges

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

“What do two former plaintiff-friendly Supreme Court justices defeated for re-election do in retirement? They proceed to sue one of the wealthiest businessmen in Mississippi.”

That’s the story in my latest column that looks at the latest development in the feud between former Mississippi Supreme Court Justices Oliver Diaz and Chuck McRae, and investigators connected to the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Tom Freeland broke the story at where he runs one of the state’s top blogs on state legal and judicial issues (also food, arts, culture and more): Oliver and Jennifer Diaz (with Chuck McRae as counsel) vs. Leslie Lampton and his cousin Dunn

You can read my column online at the Madison County Journal that reviews the feud: Revenge of the ex-judges

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