DAILY JOURNAL: Initiative aims to give dropouts second chance

Attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, center, is flanked by his attorney Joey Langston, left, and Scruggs' secretary Charlene Bosarge, right, as they leave the federal courthouse in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, March 13, 2007. Scruggs testified in a  federal judicial bribery trial that he had once loaned $20,500 to a then-chancery judge at the request of Gulf Coast attorney Paul Minor, who along with former Chancery Judge Wes Teel and former Circuit Judge John Whitfield are on trial. The government has accused Minor of bribing Teel and Whitfield to ensure favorable rulings in their courts. Teel and Whitfield are accused of taking the bribes. All three have pleaded innocent. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs

By Riley Manning

Daily Journal

TUPELO – It’s a new day for Dickie Scruggs.

The former – and infamous – trial lawyer is now championing education for the state’s half-a-million dropouts, a passion awoken while tutoring inmates during his six-year prison sentence. His new initiative, Second Chance Mississippi, seeks to fund and enable the community college-sponsored GED programs, and the 16,000 or so enrolled in them.

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