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.

Balducci, who was recorded offering Judge Lackey a second bribe that he’s never been held accountable for, has been confined at home for a week.  Meanwhile, Patsy Brumfield reports that it Looks like Patterson’s at Tupelo half-way house:
Steven A. Patterson, who pleaded guilty in a 2007 scheme to bribe Judge Henry Lackey, likely is spending the rest of his prison sentence at a Tupelo half-way house. 

Patterson, a former state auditor, is the fourth of five co-defendants in the case to gain freedom from a federal prison…

Balducci and Patterson’s residences are in New Albany, where they were in partnership to build a mega legal-lobbying firm. Those plans collapsed when they were indicted, pleaded guilty and went to prison.

Amazing, is it not, that Balducci had the money to hold onto a house in New Albany that he couldn’t afford at the time of his arrest.

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