the intersection of federal $$$$ as the basis for prosecuting on honest services -from SLABBED archives May 18,2008 – Revisiting the Indictment in USA v Scruggs

In the interest of we’re all in this together, I recently re-read the indictment in USA v Scruggs. However, it wasn’t until I re-read the Motion to Dismiss filed by the Defense on counts 2, 3, and 4 and the Government’s response, that I began to understand the implied authority in these counts that gave them added significance.

In that regard, however, there is a piece of the puzzle missing in both the motion and the response – the audit trail “when such state or local government or agency received in any one year period benefits in excess of $10,000 under a federal program”.

Only two audit trails could be followed to reach Judge Lackey – and no evidence of either one was contained in the indictment, the defense motion or the government’s response. Continue reading “the intersection of federal $$$$ as the basis for prosecuting on honest services -from SLABBED archives May 18,2008 – Revisiting the Indictment in USA v Scruggs”

Like it or not, we’re all in this together…

You probably guessed as much but Sop’s recipe provided the oil for a long and lively conversation about the post-Katrina events that culminated in the indictment of attorney Dickie Scruggs, as well as those that have and continue to follow.

It’s safe to say that by the end of the evening we were all impressed by the interrelated nature of so many of these events – not to mention somewhat amazed at what we know and don’t know about various pieces of some of the more puzzling events.

In the spirit of we’re all in this togetherour own welfare linked to that of all other people’s welfare – along with our regular posts, we’re going to post some of these puzzles, rememberingContinue reading “Like it or not, we’re all in this together…”