Scruggs-Norman issue scheduled for hearing

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers set a May 9 hearing to consider whether to disqualify an assistant U.S. attorney for another hearing.
At issue is whether Robert Norman should remain on the prosecution’s team when he’s likely to be called as a witness.
Attorneys for Zach Scruggs of Oxford will press their case with Biggers on May 23 for the court to vacate Scruggs’ 2008 conviction and sentence.
Scruggs pleaded guilty to knowing about but failing to report that a colleague planned to speak illegally to a judge presiding over a legal-fees lawsuit against him and others over Katrina insurance cases.
Biggers set the Norman hearing for 10 a.m. in Oxford.
Scruggs’ attorneys claim Norman misled Biggers before Scruggs was sentenced, which may have affected the outcome.