Scruggs back home under confinement



Associated Press

OXFORD – Disbarred Mississippi attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is back at home in Oxford.

Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said Scruggs was released to home confinement on March 20. He said the expectation is that Scruggs remain on home confinement until his Sept. 14 release date after serving time in a federal prison in Montgomery, Ala., for a judicial corruption conviction.

The 67-year-old Scruggs was sentenced to seven years in 2009 for allegedly influencing former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter in a civil lawsuit.

Prosecutors said Scruggs told DeLaughter that he would recommend the judge for an appointment to the federal bench in return for a favorable ruling in a court case.

DeLaughter pleaded guilty in 2009 to obstruction of justice. He’s out of prison.

Scruggs in 2013 had completed an earlier sentence in a case involving an attempted bribe of Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun City, who was presiding over a lawsuit against Scruggs and others related to legal fees from Hurricane Katrina insurance cases.

Before his 2007 arrest and later guilty plea in the Lackey case, Scruggs had been one of the nation’s most successful and well-known trial lawyers. He had contested the charges in the DeLaughter case.

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