OXFORD – Zach Scruggs has a new date with federal court to convince a judge his 2008 conviction and sentence should be set aside.
Monday, Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. agreed to reschedule Scruggs’ hearing from April 25 to May 23, after Scruggs’ lead attorney reported that the earlier date posed a business conflict for him.
The new hearing is set to begin at 10 a.m. in the Oxford courthouse of the Northern District of Mississippi.
Last summer, Scruggs of Oxford asked the court to hear him out on new evidence and legal issues about a 2008 guilty plea that sent him to prison and cost him his license to practice law.
Scruggs, his father, Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and three others were indicted in late November 2007 on federal charges they tried to bribe a circuit judge to send to arbitration a legal-fees lawsuit against Scruggs and colleagues.
Zach Scruggs was the last to plead guilty, but he did so to a lesser offense, which was that he failed to report an illegal conversation between one of the co-defendants and the judge.
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