State Senate GOP Blocks House Insurance Measures

“What you risk reveals what you value.” Jeanette Winterson

I’m reminded of that quote when I think of Republican Senator Eugene “Buck” Clarke, chair of the Senate Insurance Committee who just last month proclaimed his ignorance of the interplay of insurance issues with existing state law and used that lack of knowledge to kill every Katrina related reform introduced in the State Senate. The reported party line as recounted multiple times in the Clarion Ledger was something along the lines of:

But his legislation languished in the Insurance Committee chaired by Sen. Eugene Clarke, R-Hollandale, before dying under a deadline.

Rather than bring the bills out of committee and up for debate before the full Senate, Clarke said he wanted more time to study the issue. This is his first committee chairmanship. He’s starting his second term as senator. Continue reading “State Senate GOP Blocks House Insurance Measures”

Zach-“unwilling to plead to something that he didn’t do”

Zach is innocent and he’s unwilling to plead to something that he didn’t do,” said his lead defense attorney, Todd Graves of Kansas City.

At 33, David Zachary Scruggs – the cum laude and magna-admired lawyer-son of Dickie Scruggs – was the youngest of the five indicted defendants in USA v Scruggs. Continue reading “Zach-“unwilling to plead to something that he didn’t do””

Zach’s defense goes to offense with entry of Mike Moore

Zach is innocent of the charges pressed against him and we look forward to his exoneration – and with that and that former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore makes his formal entry of appearance on behalf of Zach Scruggs.

Think on that a while – more on what Moore’s appearance suggests later.

Update: Here is the Sun Herald story

Guilty or not – quilty of what? Read the transcripts.UPDATED

Four of the five defendants in USA v Scruggs have now changed their plea from not guilty to guilty.

In fairness to all – the government, the defendants, and Judge Biggers, I have pulled from statements from the transcripts made when pleas were entered and added the transcript from Patterson’s plea as well as the transcript of Balducci’s testimony before the Grand Jury. Continue reading “Guilty or not – quilty of what? Read the transcripts.UPDATED”

Anita Lee reports comments from FBI

Ms Lee does a good job updating today’s developments to the overall investigation. This story headlines the Sun Herald RSS feed on the lower right side of the page.

 ………the FBI’s special agent in charge said his office has committed the manpower to “work the case to its logical conclusion.”

“Public corruption is our No. 1 criminal priority,” said Frederick T. Brink, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jackson Division. “Americans expect a fair and impartial judicial system. Any attempts to undermine that through bribery or other types of illegal activity really critically damages our faith in our judicial system. It is a particularly heinous crime.” Continue reading “Anita Lee reports comments from FBI”