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…”

Pleas and fleas keep you scratching

Those speculating about pleas to come from USA v Moultrie and comparing the case to USA v Scruggs may find this perspective on pleading guilty of interest.

Some folks had an itch about Scruggs that they used his indictment to scratch. If there are any fleas on Musgrove, chances are there’ll be a lot more scratching in USA v Moultrie.

Given their history of covering the beef plant failure and tax payer loss, the Clarion-Ledger is certain to keep a focus on these latest developments – Salter alone has three blog posts going.

Zach’s Plea documents – this you’ve got to see!

Zach waived indictment on misprision of felony and entered his Plea on a bill of Information. Here is a transcript of the hearing.

The felony he witnessed and did not report as soon as possible – the crime – took place on or about November 1 according to the Information.

In other words, Balducci was wired for the crime his father and Sid Backstrom pled guilty to last week – a crime our legal system defines as bribery. Is that the right word to use when a judge asks for money?

James Hearing for Zach set for tomorrow

Judge Biggers issued an Order for the James hearing today.   The Defense filed a renewed Motion to exclude other crime evidence and a Response to the Government’s Motion to release the taint team evidence. h/t to folo.

A good time to reflect on how this all started – Look for the jonesing for justice followup post later this evening.

“jonesing” for justice, Zach asks for a James Hearing UPDATED

One defendant, one Motion – probably the most polite Motion it ever took a dozen lawyers to write.

In James, the Fifth Circuit recognized the problems posed by a multi-conspirator case, where at times hearsay from one co-conspirator can prejudice another co-conspirator. It first acknowledged and then fashioned a procedure (the James hearing) to deal with the reality that it is virtually impossible to avoid prejudice arising from the constant repetition of inadmissible Continue reading ““jonesing” for justice, Zach asks for a James Hearing UPDATED”

Plea Documents

updated as available during the day – continued appreciation to bellesouth

Factual Basis for Backstrom’s Plea
Factual Basis Scruggs’ Plea
Plea Agreement for Scruggs
Sealed Plea Agreement for Backstrom
US v Backstrom Plea Agreement
US v Backstrom Factual Basis
Also released today
Disclosure of Evidence re: Zach Scruggs
us-v-scruggs-response-from-gov-on-disc-motion.pdf

“You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”

Humanity is governed by minorities, seldom or never by majorities. It suppresses its feelings and its beliefs and follows the handful that makes the most noise. Sometimes the noisy handful is right, sometimes wrong, but no matter, the crowd follows it.

Oddly enough, Mark Twain’s quote comes from The Mysterious Stranger– in the world of blogs and message boards, mysterious strangers are the norm. Here, for example, I am known as Promise; but,by any name, am a modern day muckraker. Continue reading ““You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.””