OXFORD – Former New Albany attorney Timothy Balducci may have been disbarred, but he’s still using his legal skills to represent himself from federal prison.
In late 2007, he admitted he conspired to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun City, the event that launched the infamous Mississippi legal scandal involving then-famed Oxford attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and others.
A few days ago, Balducci answered accusations in another judicial bribery case and admitted he had done everything he was accused of.
“Balducci admits the material allegations,” he said in a handwritten, two-page filing on lined paper. “And further, admits liability to plaintiff under all causes of action asserted therein.”
The former Oxford public defender wrote those words from a federal prison in South Carolina, which he entered March 25 to begin a 24-month sentence in the Lackey case.
His cooperation with government investigators is credited as one of the key factors in bringing all of the co-defendants to guilty pleas before trial. Scruggs and three others also are doing federal time in the case.
Balducci’s most recent admission is that he conspired with Scruggs and others to influence Hinds Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter in another legal-fees lawsuit, Wilson v. Scruggs.
His new document answers the federal court complaint by W. Roberts Wilson Jr., who recently sued Balducci, Scruggs and the others for millions he insists he lost because of their action.
While DeLaughter denies it’s true, Scruggs admitted his part just a few days before DeLaughter was indicted in the matter.
But Balducci takes it a step further. In his latest filing, he asks for a hearing on how much he owes Wilson. And he asks the court to apportion the damages to everybody who may be liable, all defendants and “non-party entities/persons,” which means people who are not yet named as co-defendants.
About the same time, Wilson’s attorney waived serving a summons on Balducci, who signed his new filing with his prisoner number at Estill Satellite Camp Unit F.
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