Homecoming – but not of the football kind

Of the five named defendants in USA v Scruggs, only Dick Scruggs remains confined.  NEMS360.com reports:

Balducci released from prison on home detention

Although the Eye of the Legal Storm, not the “go-between”, “Former attorney Timothy Balducci, 42, was transferred late Friday from the federal prison at Estill, S.C., where he had been serving a 2-year sentence, to his home at New Albany, said D. Brown, a senior officer specialist at the prison”.

Balducci was trying to influence a judge in a legal dispute between lawyers who were fighting over $26 million in legal fees from a mass settlement of Hurricane Katrina cases…After Balducci’s 2007 arrest the day he completed the payoff to Lackey, he began cooperating with authorities.Balducci wore a recording device to the office of attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, the chief architect of the landmark tobacco lawsuits of the 1990s.His cooperation led to arrests and guilty pleas from Scruggs, his son Zach, one of their law partners and Balducci’s partner and former State Auditor Steve Patterson.