Scruggs returns home while appeal considered

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Richard F. “Dickie” Scruggs, once one of America’s most famous litigators, is home in Oxford for the first time in more than four years.
Scruggs, 66, was released Monday on $2 million bond from a federal prison facility in Montgomery, Ala., where he’s been held for his guilty plea to the 2007 conspiracy to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun City.
He entered prison in 2008.
His son, Zach, who’s working in Florida, confirmed his father’s release, saying “he’s at home with his family” in Oxford.
His release was ordered by Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson while a second conviction is pending before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Meanwhile, said Zach Scruggs, his father will seek immediate medical care for a condition that has caused his right hand to tighten almost to the point he barely can use it.
Scruggs will pay for the medical procedure.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons deemed that Scruggs’ 2007 conviction sentence had run by Dec. 10.
His attorneys appealed for his release on the second conviction, saying it would be wrong to keep him jailed for time that might be overturned on appeal.
Scruggs insists it was protected “political speech” when he offered to suggest Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter’s name for a federal bench appointment.
Both Lackey and DeLaughter presided over legal-fees lawsuits against Scruggs and others.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com