In Mississippi it is called the GOB or Good Ol’ Boy network and today at the post insurance forum print media luncheon the topic of the 1990s era “Cedar Point Land Deal” in Ocean Springs came up in context of the discussion of the congressional race between Gene Taylor and Steven Palazzo. It came up because candidate Palazzo’s dad, Frank Palazzo, was part owner of a parcel of land along with politically connected Gulfport lawyer Ben Stone for all of one minute before they resold it to Jackson County for $3 million dollars netting a cool $1.5 million in the process. This in turn caused the folks at Fire Gene Taylor.com to conclude they could not support Mr Palazzo for Congress as they consider him a political hack. In support of that the Mississippi Informer has done a bang up job compiling all the old Sun Herald reporting on the subject. Here is an excerpt from those reports all of which are well worth reading that the Informer was kind enough to highlight almost at the bottom of the page:
Frustrated county grand jurors, who spent five months examining the deal, said they failed to find enough evidence to indict anyone. But they urged county officials to keep looking “for information that may convince a subsequent grand jury to conclude otherwise.”
Jackson County bought 214 acres in November 1995 from two Gulfport land speculators who doubled their money in one day. Taxpayers spent $3 million on the land.
One month later, the county gave the land to the University of Southern Mississippi to expand the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. But USM had no concrete plans, timetable or money to expand the lab.
“The whole thing was rotten in my estimation,” Attorney General Mike Moore said Friday, “but not being able to find anyone with a bag of cash who made a bribe to anyone made an indictment difficult.”
That Mike Moore quote was priceless and here is why. Moore’s name also came up a good bit in the Dick Scruggs Judicial bribery scandal and conservative author/blogger Alan Lange laid out a large amount of evidence against Moore, especially his role in a certain case in the Jackson County Court System as it related to the tobacco litigation. Chances are Moore was dicked up in that land deal in one way shape or fashion as I offer this old story from Continue reading “I mentioned a few concerns some well intentioned folks on the political right have about GOP Congressional candidate Steven Palazzo. Slabbed adds to the discussion.”
Patsy Brumfield can take care of herself. However, after writing countless words about people I don’t know, it didn’t seem right not to do a sentence paragraph or two about one that I do – if for no other reason that to point out she’s more than just a reporter whose stepped in the biggest bunch of bull Mike Moore had ever heard.
By title, she’s the news editor of the Daily Journal – living a good distance from where she grew up but by no means as far as she could go. We lose so many of our best and brightest to bigger and better opportunities in other states that we often fail to celebrate the talents of those who chose to live among us. Continue reading “Patsy Brumfield – the real deal”
This post title is a quote from today’s Sun Herald given by Mike Moore in response to an allegation made by Judge Henry Lackey that parrots an often repeated State Farm PR talking point regarding Jim Hood being pressured by Mike Moore on behalf of Dickie Scruggs to drop his criminal investigation of State Farm. I’m unsure how Judge Lackey would know such things but perhaps it does illuminate how the man thinks and operates. My blog partner Nowdy has covered Judge Lackey’s sometimes confusing testimony here and here for those interested. Here is today’s story:
Attorney General Jim Hood denies his predecessor delivered a warning that a wealthy lawyer would fund an opponent in last year’s election if Hood didn’t cooperate in Hurricane Katrina litigation.
The allegation was made by Lafayette County Circuit Judge Henry Lackey, who is at the center of a judicial bribery scandal that toppled some of the most powerful attorneys in Mississippi. Continue reading ““That’s the Biggest Bunch of Bull I’ve Ever Heard””
Reportedly Zach Scruggs has plead to the charge of Misprision of felony. More details as they develop.
Here is the breaking news C-L Story:
OXFORD — Oxford lawyer Zach Scruggs — the son of Dickie Scruggs, Mississippi’s wealthiest trial lawyer — pleaded guilty today to failing to report a felony in connection with a judicial bribery scheme involving his father. Continue reading “Breaking: Zach Scruggs Pleads Guilty”
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 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