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Lawyers ask Miss. court to take control of Katrina funds amid bribery scandal

A group of lawyers fighting over Hurricane Katrina legal fees wants a Mississippi court to take control of millions of dollars in settlement money.
     
The request was made in court records filed in Lafayette County Circuit Court.

It's the latest development in a judicial bribery case that has entangled one of the nation's wealthiest trial lawyers, Richard "Dickie" Scruggs.

Scruggs, his son, and other associates are accused of trying to bribe a judge in a case involving $26.5 million in legal fees from a mass hurricane settlement.

The lawfirm of Jones, Funderburg, Sessums, Peterson & Lee sued the Scruggs Katrina Group, saying it should have gotten a bigger cut of the money.

Then last week, the case took a major turn: Scruggs, his son, and three associates were indicted for trying to bribe the judge in the case.

Scruggs, his son, and two others pleaded not guilty to six charges, including conspiracy and mail fraud.

But the alleged conspirator who supposedly delivered $40,000 in cash to the judge, took a plea deal Tuesday and is cooperating with federal prosecutors.

A message left for Scruggs' attorney, Billy Quin, was not immediately returned. Quin has said Scruggs and the others are innocent.

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