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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tony Farese

Lynch’s Lawyer asks court for new date for sentencing

Tony Farese, lawyer of former narcotics officer Searn Lynch, filed a motion Wednesday to delay Lynch’s June 24 sentence due to its conflict with another case the lawyer is involved with. Lynch was charged with obtaining prescription medicines by using deception in April. (June 7, 2013, Page 8A)

Miss. bar drops Scruggs’ complaint against attorney

The Mississippi Bar has dismissed a complaint filed against attorney Tony Farese by one of his former clients — Zach Scruggs, who was one of several local attorneys who served time in prison for their rolls in a judicial bribery attempt. (March 22, 2011, Page 2)

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)

Court Briefs

Judge closes lawsuit against county

A lawsuit against former and current county officials claiming they railroaded former insurance agent Ken Nowlin into pleading guilty to crimes he didn’t commit, has been closed by a federal judge.

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Aycock found in favor of the defendants and ordered the case closed.

UM former employee pleads

Ben Willians, a former employee of the University of Mississippi, pleaded guilty Friday for stealing more than $67,000 while working in the Dean of Students office, according to the indictment. He was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation. (October 13, 2010, Page 2)

Younger Scruggs asks court to vacate his conviction

In what appears to be an attempt to gain back his ability to practice law, David Zachery “Zach” Scruggs, is asking a federal court judge to vacate his conviction in a judicial bribery scheme that sent several attorneys to prison, including his father, noted former trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. (August 20, 2010, Page 2A)

County replies to insurance agent’s lawsuit

Attorneys representing the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors denied allegations made by a former insurance agent who claimed the county set him up on conspiracy charges.
The suit, filed May 27 by former insurance agent Ken Nowlin, also names attorney Tony Farese, whom Nowlin says failed to act in his best interest and coerced him into pleading guilty in 2007 to conspiring with former supervisor Gary Massey to scam the county. (June 29, 2010, Page 2)

Former insurance agent sues county

A former insurance agent of record for Lafayette County is suing former and current county officials claiming they railroaded him into pleading guilty to crimes he didn’t commit.
The suit, filed May 27 by former insurance agent Ken Nowlin, also names attorney Tony Farese, whom Nowlin says failed to act in his best interest and coerced him into pleading guilty in 2007 to conspiring with former supervisor Gary Massey to scam the county. (June 9, 2010, Page 1)

U.S. Attorney’s Office gets more time to respond to claim

U.S. District Judge Glenn H. Davidson signed an order Wednesday granting the government’s request for an extension to respond to a motion from insurance agent Ken Nowlin in regard to his guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy. (April 6, 2010, Page 2)

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