Anti-tobacco lawyer Richard "Dickie"
Scruggs has reported to a federal prison in eastern Kentucky.
Prison spokesman Larry E. Whitman says Scruggs entered a federal
prison in Ashland at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday. He is beginning a
five-year sentence for conspiring to bribe a judge with $50,000.
Scruggs was one of two people to plead guilty to the charge.
Prosecutors say Scruggs wanted a favorable ruling in a dispute over
$26.5 million in legal fees from a settlement of Hurricane Katrina
In the 1990s, Scruggs used a corporate insider to take on
tobacco companies in lawsuits that resulted in a $206 billion
settlement. That case was portrayed in the 1999 film "The
Insider" that starred Al Pacino and Russell Crowe.
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