Judge grants 'unseal' of documents in Dickie Scruggs appeal

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – The public will soon see what’s contained in previously sealed documents related to Richard “Dickie” Scruggs’ appeal of a 2009 judicial bribery conviction.

Monday, Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson agreed to Scruggs’ request to unseal various documents related to that appeal in the Northern District of Mississippi.

Scruggs’ and the government’s filings have said the documents contain references to grand jury testimony, including by former Hinds District Attorney Ed Peters and former attorneys Joey Langston and Timothy Balducci.

Scruggs, a former Oxford attorney, is serving prison time on a plea that he improperly influenced then-Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter about a lawsuit he presided over against Scruggs.

In his appeal, Scruggs says all he did constituted “political speech,” not a crime.

He is serving prison time for that plea, as well as another one in the Lackey judicial bribery case.

Langston pleaded guilty in the DeLaughter case, while Balducci pleaded guilty in the Lackey case.

Peters gained immunity from prosecution for his testimony in the DeLaughter case.