Scruggs back in Kentucky prison

ASHLAND, Ky. – Richard “Dickie” Scruggs won’t be serving federal prison time in Arkansas, which was his desire – at least for the time being.
Scruggs, 61, of Oxford is back in the Ashland, Ky., facility he began his five-year term last August. Since February, he had been held in the Oxford-Lafayette County Detention Center cooperating with prosecutors on other investigations.
His whereabouts were reported Monday on the Bureau of Prisons’ Web site.
Once one of America’s most famous plaintiffs’ attorneys, Scruggs was disbarred after his guilty plea to attempted bribery of Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun City.
In February, he pleaded guilty in another bribery case involving Hinds Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter. This plea added about 2 1/2 years to his original sentence.
At that time, Scruggs asked the court to recommend he be moved to a federal prison in Forrest City, Ark., which is more convenient for his family and investigators.
DeLaughter, indicted with Scruggs in a case about his own bribery, has pleaded not guilty.
While Scruggs could spend all his term in Kentucky, it’s still possible the government could seek his location elsewhere.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.

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