Scruggs asks for time at home before hearing

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Former Oxford attorney Richard F. “Dickie” Scruggs asks to spend transfer time at home before a March 26 hearing in Aberdeen.
During that hearing, Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson will consider whether the 65-year-old Scruggs’ 2009 conviction should be set aside.
Scruggs pleaded guilty to attempting to improperly influence then-Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter of Hinds County, who presided over a lawsuit against Scruggs and others.
Davidson sentenced him to time on top of a 2008 conviction and sentence in the Lackey attempted-bribery scandal that rocked North Mississippi’s legal community.
Scruggs is serving his time in Maxwell Air Force Base prison near Montgomery, Ala.
Several weeks ago Davidson granted him permission to make his own arrangements to be transferred to Oxford to await the hearing.
But Scruggs notes he will arrive about 10 days before that to confer with his attorneys and review documents, so he asks to be detained at his Oxford home and then in a hotel in Aberdeen, where he will take meals and work on the hearing.
His request filed Monday recalls former Booneville attorney Joey Langston’s assignment to home detention from prison time at Maxwell to be available for the government during a 2011 post-conviction hearing by Scruggs’ son, Zach.
Zach pleaded guilty to knowing about an illegal conversation with Circuit Judge Henry Lackey and served prison time. His conviction set-aside motion is before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals after a denial in North Mississippi.
Dickie Scruggs’ attorneys say he is not a flight risk, having served the “bulk” of his prison sentence.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com