Biggers turns down Backstrom request

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Former Oxford attorney Sidney Backstrom will not get his post-prison supervision shortened, Senior District Judge Neal Biggers says.
In a one-page order, Biggers denied the reduction because, he writes, Backstrom “has not been forthcoming” with the court twice since his 2008 guilty plea – at his sentencing hearing and at co-defendant Zach Scruggs’ hearing to vacate his own conviction.
Backstrom, who lives in Texas, asked for the change and noted that the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not object.
He, Zach Scruggs, Zach’s famous lawyer father, Dickie Scruggs, and two others were caught up in late 2007 on charges they conspired to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey, who presided over a legal-fees lawsuit against the Scruggses and others.
Everyone pleaded guilty and went to prison. Zach Scruggs pleaded guilty to a lesser charge that he knew about a crime but did not report it.
Backstrom’s supervision will end in August 2013.