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Scruggs.JPGThere was a fabulous article in the May 19 edition of “The New Yorker,” headlined: “The Bribe: How the Mississippi Lawyer Who Brought Down Big Tobacco Overstepped.” Yes, it’s the incredible tale of Dickie Scruggs, who pled guilty a few months ago for trying to bribe a judge in a lawsuit over the division of contingency fees in a Hurricane Katrina suit. It was a disgraceful end to an audacious and amazingly successful legal career, in which Scruggs brought down corporate titans in asbestos, tobacco and insurance. The problem is that while the greedy, arrogant Scruggs went too far, what is the alternative for those with valid claims seeking top legal talent to make their case?

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