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Self-labeled 'disgraced trial lawyer' funds job training

A foundation formed by a man who describes himself a "disbarred and disgraced trial lawyer" is helping cover education expenses for 100 Mississippi adults who dropped out of high school before earning a diploma.

Richard "Dickie" Scruggs of Oxford said Monday that the nonprofit group, 2nd Chance MS, is paying $250 tuition and $20 a week for gasoline or other expenses for 50 students at Northeast Mississippi Community College and 50 at Itawamba Community College.

If they complete a 25-week course, each will earn a high school equivalency diploma and become certified in six job skills. Each student who successfully completes the course and lands a job paying...