U.S. Attorney Declines Request for Contempt Prosecution:

Via Law.com comes an interesting wire story about a U.S. Attorney declining a federal judge's request to prosecute a lawyer for criminal contempt.

The U.S. Attorney in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday declined a federal judge's request to prosecute prominent Mississippi attorney Richard F. Scruggs and his law firm for criminal contempt in a Hurricane Katrina insurance dispute.

U.S. Attorney Alice Martin said in the letter to U.S. District Judge William M. Acker Jr. that "following a serious and thorough review of the facts surrounding this indirect criminal contempt, I respectfully decline to prosecute Mr. Scruggs or his firm."

In his June 15 request, Acker said he would appoint another attorney to handle the prosecution if Martin declined the court's request.