Star Lawyer Gets 5 Years in Bribery Rap

Class-action leader Scruggs 'could not be more ashamed'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2008 5:50 PM CDT
This April 19, 2006 file photo shows Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.   (AP Photo/Nicole LaCour Young, File)
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(Newser) – Disgraced Mississippi lawyer Dickie Scruggs was sentenced to the maximum 5 years in prison today in a judicial bribery scheme; at the hearing, the class-action pioneer said, “I could not be more ashamed than I am today.” The judge hinted he might shave some time off if Scruggs cooperates with authorities in other bribery probes, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.

"I disappointed everyone in my life—my wife, my family, my son," said Scruggs, 62, in an Atlanta courtroom. "It’s a tar on my soul that will be there forever." Added Scruggs' attorney: “He has fallen as far as a man can fall. He recognizes that.”