Dickie Scruggs files notice for new appeal

By NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Richard “Dickie” Scruggs’ attorney filed notice Wednesday to take 2009 conviction issues to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Last week, Senior Judge Glen H. Davidson denied Scruggs’ district appeal to throw out his guilty plea and conviction in a case involving the alleged improper influence of then-Hinds Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter.
Scruggs then asked for and received Davidson’s approval to appeal his decision.
Prosecutors claim the once-famous Oxford litigator “dangled” suggestion of help securing a federal judgeship to the ambitious DeLaughter for help with a lawsuit against Scruggs and others.
Scruggs said in the lawsuit the suggestion was no more than political speech and DeLaughter never showed favoritism.
Whether the Fifth Circuit will hear the appeal is yet to be determined.