July 2 sentencing scheduled for Scruggs

OXFORD – A federal judge has set sentencing for July 2 for wealthy trial lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and two other attorneys in a judicial bribery case.

U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers Jr. says in an order Thursday that the court will allow testimony from a maximum of three character witnesses each for Scruggs, his son Zach Scruggs and their law partner Sidney A. Backstrom.

Prosecutors have recommended a five-year prison sentence for Richard Scruggs, who pleaded guilty March 14 to conspiring to bribe a state court judge.