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Scruggs files to vacate conviction

Richard “Dickie” Scruggs filed a motion Thursday to vacate his conviction and sentence in the judicial bribery case involving former Hinds Circuit Court Judge Bobby Delaughter, despite the fact he pleaded guilty to the crime in 2009. The case is often referred to as “Scruggs II,” since Scruggs was previously convicted of trying to bribe retired Lafayette Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey in an unrelated case, dubbed “Scruggs I.”

Read Friday’s Oxford EAGLE for the complete story. (June 23, 2011)

Balducci testifies at judicial bribery hearing

The man who got the ball rolling that would eventually knock down several local attorneys testified for more than four hours Monday at the hearing where former attorney Zach Scruggs’ hopes to clear his name

The hearing is expected to last several days. (May 24, 2011, Page 1)

Prosecutor disqualified in Scruggs case

U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. disqualified Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Norman from future proceedings involving Zach Scruggs. (May 12, 2011, Page 2)

Judge considers motions to disqualify prosecutor

After a full day of testimony and arguments Monday, U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers Jr. said he will take up to 48 hours to rule on whether U.S. Assistant Attorney Bob Norman should be disqualified from testifying at any future hearings involving Zach Scruggs. (May 10, 2011, Page 1)

Zach Scruggs asks for father’s return

Zach Scruggs is asking the U.S. District Court to allow his father, disgraced attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, to return to Oxford so he can testify on his son’s behalf. (May 6, 2011, Page 5A)

Judge moves hearing date for younger Scruggs

A U.S. District Court judge has moved the hearing date for Zach Scruggs to attempt to vacate his conviction for his role in a judicial bribery scheme to May 23. (March 29, 2011, Page 2)

State prosecutors call foul on Scruggs’ request for depositions

State prosecutors called Zach Scruggs’ request to question key players in the judicial bribery scam that sent him and four others to prison in an attempt to vacate his conviction “reckless, speculative and legally ineffective” in a reply to a motion filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Oxford. (March 14, 2011, Page 3)

Scruggs presses case to regain law license

A U.S. District judge has given prosecutors until Friday to complete depositions of several people involved with a judicial bribery case that involved Zach Scruggs, who is attempting to vacate his conviction and sentence and regain his license to practice law. (March 9, 2011, Page 1)

FBI agent sues authors of Scruggs’ book

An FBI agent in Oxford claims a former federal prosecutor and a political blogger made false statements against him in a book they wrote about the judicial bribery scandal involving former trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs.

Oxford attorney Christi McCoy filed the suit on Dec. 2 in Lafayette County Circuit Court on behalf of her client, Philip Halbert “Hal” Neilson.

The suit names authors Tom Dawson and Alan Lange and the publishing company, The Pediment Group, and claims in the book, “King of Torts,” Dawson, a retired U.S. assistant attorney, lied and made slanderous statements about Neilson in his book in retaliation for Neilson filing an official complaint against Dawson in 2001. (December 10, 2010, Page 2A)

Retiring judge honored

The retirement party for the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Henry L. Lackey was suppose to be a “roast and toast” event. While many of the speeches made by about 16 people about the Calhoun County judge caused a few chuckles — and even a few tears, it was Lackey himself who invoked rounds of hearty laughter as he lovingly roasted them in return.

He announced his intent to retire at a Christmas party in 2009. His term will end Dec. 31.  About 300 people attended Lackey’s retirement party Thursday at the Oxford Conference Center. (November 5, 2010, Page 1A)

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