Agency sets release date for Scruggs

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Imprisoned Richard F. “Dickie” Scruggs is set for release on bond Dec. 12, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons reports.
Scruggs, 66, was granted bail earlier this week as his sentence ends for a 2008 judicial bribery conviction and before the start of additional prison time for a 2009 guilty plea.
Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson set the former Oxford litigator’s bond at $2 million while he appeals the 2009 conviction to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Last May, Davidson denied Scruggs’ motion to throw out the 2009 conviction on improperly influencing then-Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter, who presided over a lawsuit against Scruggs and others.
He insists it was protected “political speech,” not bribery, when he had it made known to DeLaughter that he would support him for a federal judgeship.
The 2008 guilty plea came from a November 2007 indictment accusing Scruggs and four others of conspiring to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey, also presiding over a lawsuit against Scruggs and others.
Scruggs was sentenced to seven years in prison on the first conviction, then received another term to run at the same time plus a little more on the DeLaughter case.
In seeking bail, his attorneys argued that it would be wrong for him to serve the extra prison time if, in the end, his appeal were granted and his conviction overturned.
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