Upon learning that Hillary Fundraiser Dickie Scruggs pled guilty “to conspiring to bribe a judge for a favorable rulingin a case involving legal fees from a post-Hurricane Katrina lawsuit.” I wondered if the Clinton campaign (perhaps a phone call from Bill himself) had persuaded the trial lawyer to reach this decision. (Walter Olson (via Glenn) has more here.)
After all, with the Rezko trial underway in Chicago, a handful of media outlets are focusing on the shenanigans of that Obama fundraiser. Better to keep the shady dealings of Hillary supporters out of the news. With a guilty plea, there won’t be a trial, thus nothing to write about (after today). (It may be tough to keep felonious Clinton fundraisers out of the news I just read another one “is back in court.”)
Note how the plea comes on a Friday. It has long been a Clinton tactic to deliver bad news on a Friday when people are thinking less of politics and more of the weekend. I daresay this plea won’t get much media attention (outside Missisippi-and hey, their primary was earlier this week.)
It’s been Clinton practice to pardon those who help them out. Maybe Bill promised Dickie a pardon should Hillary win the White House.