By PATSY BRUMFIELD / NEMS Daily Journal
Daily Journal reports
GREENVILLE – A jury began deliberations Monday about damages against the Lee County farming operations of Mitchell and Eddie Scruggs.
Court records show that the defense rested Monday and both sides finished closing arguments by early afternoon. The judge has issued a gag order on lawyers in the 10-year-old case.
Agricultural giant Monsanto wants $10 million from the Scruggses for their admitted reuse of patented seeds to plant soybeans and corn.
Just how many seeds they reused and how much that damaged Monsanto will be for the Greenville jury to determine.
Sunday, Scruggs attorney James Robertson of Jackson asked Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr. to declare a mistrial because of what Robertson called a variety of trial errors and misdeeds in court by Monsanto attorneys.
Monsanto’s attorneys also withdrew two counts against the brothers and their businesses.