Former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) was the first person on the witness stand Monday in day one of a hearing at which former trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs of Oxford is hoping to convince a federal judge to vacate his sentence and conviction in a judicial bribery case that involved former circuit court judge Bobby DeLaughter. (March 27, 2012, Page 1)
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)
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)
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)
Did you know that the Constitution does not require the person elected as Speaker of the House to be an elected U.S. Representative. Editor Don Whitten, who learned that bit of info earlier this week, takes a look at the possibilities of someone else – he suggests UM professors John Winkle and Ron Rychlak – taking Nancy Pelosi’s position of power. (July 23, 2010, Page 4A)
OXFORD TOWN – Jim Dees examines the art of apologizing, the abundance of it in our society and two of today’s worst offenders; Toyota and Tiger Woods. (February 25, 2010, Page 9)