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Judicial Hellholes 2012/2013

“What I call the ‘magic jurisdiction,’ [is] where the judiciary is elected with verdict money. The trial lawyers have established relationships with the judges … and it’s almost impossible to get a fair trial if you’re a defendant in some of these places. … Any lawyer fresh out of law school can walk in there and win the case, so it doesn’t matter what the evidence or law is.”

—Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, legendary Mississippi trial lawyer who built an empire of influence suing tobacco companies, HMOs and asbestos-related companies, but who has since been disbarred and sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy in an attempt to bribe a judge.


Download the full 2012/2013 report (PDF 2.5MB).


Executive Summary

Judicial Hellholes

Watch List

Dishonorable Mentions

Points of Light

Special Features

The Making of a Judicial Hellhole