Trent Lott's brother-in-law Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has been indicted on bribery charges for allegedly offering cash to a judge to steer legal fees in a Katrina insurance case, reports the New York Times. Four other attorneys, including Scruggs' son, also face charges. Scruggs is best known for winning a $248 billion settlement from the tobacco industry.
The high-profile Mississippi lawyer is accused of trying to ensure that a ruling in a dispute over legal fees from Hurricane Katrina insurance payouts went his way. Another attorney accused with him allegedly paid the judge in the case a $50,000 bribe in installments. The judge went straight to the FBI when he was first approached and co-operated in the investigation as payments were made, according to officials.