UPDATE: Court asked to order Scruggs from prison to testify in son's case

OXFORD – An attorney for Zach Scruggs today asked the U.S. District Court to bring Zach’s father back to Oxford for a May 23 hearing.

Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is serving a multi-year prison term in a Kentucky federal facility for two guilty pleas associated with judicial bribery schemes.

In a court document filed today, his son asks his father’s return to Oxford as a witness in his case, which seeks to overturn Zach’s 2008 conviction and sentence.

Zach Scruggs, originally accused of conspiring with his father and others to bribe Judge Henry Lackey, ultimately pleaded guilty to knowing about but not reporting that a colleague spoke illegally with Lackey, who was presiding over a lawsuit against the Scruggses and others.

He served a 14-month sentence and lost his law license.

In this new case, he insists he is innocent of the charges and has new evidence, as well as a 2010 Supreme Court case, to use to convince Biggers.

Monday’s request asks that Dickie Scruggs be brought to Oxford and remain there as long as his court involvement is needed.

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