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Gulf Watch: Miss. lawyer behind State Farm settlement indicted for bribery

Sue Sturgis
Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, the Mississippi attorney who became rich and famous by taking on the asbestos and tobacco industries, has been indicted on federal charges of bribing a judge in a lawsuit over Hurricane Katrina insurance claims, the Clarion-Ledger reports.

Jena 6 defendant out on bail

Sue Sturgis
Mychal Bell was released from prison today on $45,000 bail after the district attorney said he would no longer seek an adult trial for the youth, who was 16 years old when he was charged as an adult with attempted second-degree murder in the beating of a fellow high school student following escalating racial tensions in the town of Jena, La.

Jena 6 defendant out on bail

Sue Sturgis
Mychal Bell was released from prison today on $45,000 bail after the district attorney said he would no longer seek an adult trial for the youth, who was 16 years old when he was charged as an adult with attempted second-degree murder in the beating of a fellow high school student following escalating racial tensions in the town of Jena, La.