Scruggs update: Hearing set on Dickie Scruggs' motion to throw out second conviction

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson will hear evidence March 26 about whether former Oxford attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs’ 2009 conviction should be vacated.

Davidson set the hearing today after months of consideration and filings by Scruggs and the government in the case.

In doing so, the judge denied Scruggs’ motions to decide the issue on just the court pleadings.

Scruggs, once one of America’s most famous litigators, pleaded guilty in 2008 to attempting to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey for a favorable ruling in a legal-fees lawsuit. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

But the motion to vacate is over another guilty plea deal to accusations he tried to improperly influence then-Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter who presided over another legal-fees lawsuit in Hinds County.

He gained more prison time for that plea.

DeLaughter also went to prison but for lying to the the FBI about conversations surrounding the investigation of the Scruggs case.

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