OXFORD – Joey Langston will testify in federal court today about whether Zach Scruggs knew about a scheme to bribe Circuit Court Judge Bobby DeLaughter.
Langston’s appearance was called by senior U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers and is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Scruggs, 36, of Oxford contends – for this hearing – that prosecutor Robert Norman should be disqualified from participation in the government’s legal team.
He claims Norman knew about false testimony against him, which prejudiced the court against him.
Monday’s hearing is Round One in a two-round Northern District fight over Scruggs’ 2010 motion asking the court to vacate his 2008 sentence and conviction in a guilty plea to knowing about but not reporting that a colleague spoke illegally to Circuit Judge Henry Lackey, who presided over a legal-fees lawsuit against Scruggs and others.
Langston, a disbarred attorney from Booneville, pleaded guilty in 2008 to part in a separate scheme to bribe Hinds Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter.
Langston recently came home from a 36-month prison sentence on house arrest.
He was Zach Scruggs’ father’s attorney in late 2007 when Richard “Dickie” Scruggs was indicted with Zach and three others int he Lackey scheme.
Ultimately everybody but Zach pleaded guilty to one count of bribery scheme and went to prison.
However, Zach pleaded guilty to knowing about but not reporting that acquaintance Timothy Balducci had spoken illegally to Lackey about sending their lawsuit to arbitration.
Before the 11:45 a.m. recess, Biggers said he wanted to hear from Langston exactly who knew what he would say and when.
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