The lawsuit against a political blogger and former federal prosecutor who wrote a book about the legal events leading up to the conviction of former trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs in a judicial bribery case has been is back before the Mississippi Supreme Court. (March 13, 2013, Page 2)
Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson denied a motion to vacate and set aside sentencing for former trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs in the case commonly known in the legal world as Scruggs II, involving fallen circuit court judge Bobby DeLaughter. (May 24, 2012, Page 1,2)
After the break for lunch at 11:45 p.m., former state auditor Stephen Patterson took the stand. He recounted that it was his idea to pay retired Hinds County prosecutor Ed Peters $50,000 to influence his long-time friend, Judge DeLaughter. Patterson said Scruggs was never a part of any meetings he had with Peters and his attorney Joey Langston or Tim Balducci, Langston’s then-law partner. Patterson said he felt the call to Sen. Trent Lott by Scruggs was unnecessary. “Why buy the cow when you have the milk?” he stated in court. “Everyone knew (DeLaughter) wanted a federal judge seat already.”
Ed Peters was called as a witness for Scruggs, however, due to his advanced age and hearing loss, both sides agreed to allow his previous FBI testimony and grand jury testimony be allowed to be submitted to the court.
Langston is expected to take the stand when court convenes at 9 a.m. Tuesday. (March 26, 2012)
Opening statements began at 10 a.m. this morning at the Federal Courthouse in Oxford in the case of Richard “Dickie” Scruggs v. USA. Scruggs, who is currently serving a seven-year sentence in prison for two judicial bribery cases, is seeking to vacate the second of those convictions.
Scruggs is claiming he is actually innocent of the charge he pleaded guilty to before Senior Judge Glen Davidson three years ago based on a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last year in the case U.S. v. Skilling.
Prosecutors say Scruggs used his relationship with retired Sen. Trent Lott to influence then-Circuit Court Judge Bobby DeLaughter for favorable rulings in a lawsuit against him.
Prosecutor Bob Norman stated “DeLaughter had two weaknesses, one being his relationship with his mentor and friend, Ed Peters and the other his thirst for becoming a federal judge.”
Lott testified for about an hour this morning. He told the court he did in fact call DeLaughter after Scruggs had contacted him and asked Lott to call DeLaughter to explain the process of how a federal court judgeship is appointed. However, Lott said he never told DeLaughter he was under consideration for the position and only explained the process to him. Lott also testified that Scruggs never asked him to consider DeLaughter and that he was never aware that Scruggs had a case before DeLaughter at the time.
Davidson broke for lunch at 11:45. Testimony will continue at 1:15 this afternoon.
(March 26, 2012)
Fallen former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs will ask a federal judge Monday to vacate his conviction and the seven-year sentence he received in 2009 after pleading guilty to trying to influence a circuit court judge. (March 23, 2012, Page 1A)
A federal judge ruled Monday to unseal Richard “Dickie” Scruggs’ motion to set aside his conviction and sentence in the judicial bribery case that involved former Circuit Court Judge Bobby DeLaughter. (October 4, 2011, Page 2)
A federal judge issued an order Tuesday granting a motion filed by the government to seal its response to a motion filed by Richard “Dickie” Scruggs who is seeking to have his conviction and sentence overturned in the judicial bribery case known in the legal world as Scruggs II. (August 31, 2011, Page 3A)
A federal judge on Wednesday refused to throw out the 2008 conviction of attorney Zach Scruggs in a corruption case that also involved his father, well-known trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs. U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers in Oxford denied the motion to vacate the conviction.
A Circuit Court Judge dismissed a lawsuit against a former federal prosecutor and a political blogger who were accused of slander against FBI agent Hal Neilson. (July 18, 2011, Page 2)
Former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs asked a federal court Thursday to throw out his conviction in the judicial corruption case involving former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter. Scruggs claims he is innocent of the crime to which he pleaded guilty to in February 2009 based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision. (June 24, 2011, Page 1A)