Langston story

You know, I'm glad I read this long story in the Daily Journal about Joey Langston.  I learned a few things I didn't know. However, one goal of the story was to make the reader see the human side of Joey Langston, and to tell the truth, the story just kind of made me more ticked off at him -- here's a guy on top of the world, holding himself out as the state's top trial lawyer or some such, and he has to resort to a conspiracy to bribe a judge.  My suggestion for some entrepreneur in Mississippi: start selling bumper stickers that say "Real Lawyers Don't Bribe Judges."  You want the idea, it's yours.  Just buy me a good cup of decaf when I come to Mississippi in April.  I've heard from some people in Mississippi -- some are friends of Langston, some just know him -- and some hold out high hopes that, out of all this bunch, he's the one who will be redeemed, learn from this, become a big humanitarian and devote himself to good. We'll see.  Talk about redemption is cheap. The real thing comes at quite a price, and bribes don't work. 




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Written By:confounded On February 6, 2008 5:59 AM

great bumper sticker idea dave! how about this one? REAL JUDGES don't accept bribes? Or REAL JUDGES don't talk to Ed Peters?

Written By:Mississippian On February 6, 2008 9:29 AM

"...she is very typical of a lot of women in Miss., i.e., no formal education, poor and working and all too eager to accept the crumbs the kings here in Miss. handout"

Written By:Jim Giles On February 6, 2008 9:51 AM

As Kurt Vonnegut wrote in "A Man Without a Country," I'll let you know when I'm kidding.

Written By:Patsy Brumfield On February 6, 2008 10:27 AM

Glad you read the story. One reaction I've gotten is that some people don't want to read anything that's different from purely critical. This reaction prevents them from remembering that even Don Corleone was loved by many, but that didn't cleanse his bad acts. You are right in your reaction - it was an incredible, terrible choice to make. It also hurt a lot of other people. Let me know when you come around in April.

Written By:some lawyer On February 6, 2008 12:49 PM

I knew Joey a little, and I liked the story. He never gave off the amoral vibe that Scruggs did. I actually do believe he's sorry, and not just for getting caught. Why don't you give a man who is down on his luck, through bad decisions of his making, of course, a slight break here? The quality of mercy, etc.

Written By:David Rossmiller On February 6, 2008 12:52 PM

Some lawyer, I'm going to wait and see if he makes Bob Wilson whole before I throw any parties in Joey's honor. Everyone is sorry after they get caught.

Written By:some lawyer On February 6, 2008 1:06 PM

I dunno, Dave, I don't remember asking you to throw a party in Joey's honor. I think my point was more along the lines of decent people don't kick a man who's down. But this post is typical of your "coverage" of the Scruggs matter. You largely don't know what you're talking about and are an insurance company shill.

Written By:confounded On February 6, 2008 1:10 PM

dave: how are people allowed to make this a forum for sexism?

Written By:sickandfedup On February 6, 2008 1:17 PM

And some of us know enough to know that he is only sorry he got caught and sorry his ego had to take a nose dive. I think he got more than a slight break in his plea agreement considering what he admitted he had done.
I'm sorry but the article seemed to be a desperate attempt to "shine" up a tarnished image and subtly suggest the readers forget that pesky judge bribing incident because "this is just a great guy". Sorry, I am still not buying it.

Written By:sickandfedup On February 6, 2008 2:06 PM

Oh...and one more thing..decent people don't bribe judges either...too bad the only time to really kick a guy is when he is already down since we didn't know to kick him until he CONFESSED his crimes.

Written By:David Rossmiller On February 6, 2008 3:14 PM

I think the commenters are right, there is no reason to have the comment about Mississippi women present, the commenter was over the line on that one and I've removed it.

Written By:sickandfedup On February 6, 2008 4:43 PM

As a woman from Mississippi I was at first offended at the "Mississippi women" comment. However, I gave the poster the benefit of the doubt about how he intended that comment. While I have a college education, I know many women that actually fit the scenario he described. Many women find themselves in that situation and Mississippi does not hold the copyright on that. The sad fact is that for every “woman willing to accept the crumbs the Kings hand out? there are several that find themselves on the other side of that scenario, beaten down, intimidated and afraid to ask for help. I know of several instances where the “Kings? used intimidation and threats to keep the “Kings? friends out of hot water. I don’t want to say too much and get my post booted too….lol….but I think you can read between the lines in this one and get my meaning.

Written By:Tim On February 6, 2008 5:42 PM

Haven't read the "Article" yet but will in a moment, however Joey Langston and others have done more damage to a profession, which I truly love and respect. I have no sympathy for him whatsoever and don't intend to kick him when he's down. He's done enough of that to us "Real Lawyer's Don't Bribe Judges".

Written By:David Rossmiller On February 6, 2008 7:28 PM

Re Some Lawyer's comments, I know from this visit and your prior comments that you are doing a satirical impression of a hardcore, diehard Scruggs apologist who is immune to all evidence, and I commend you for the effort, but remember -- the first rule of satire is it has to be funny.

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