OXFORD – Richard F. “Dickie” Scrugg’s testimony will not be needed Monday, a new federal court order states in anticipation of his son’s hearing to push for his 2008 conviction and sentence to be thrown out.
Last week, Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers granted approval for Dickie Scruggs to be brought to Oxford for the May 23 hearing in which he was expected to say that his son, Zach Scruggs, knew nothing about a scheme to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey.
Dickie Scruggs would have been brought to Oxford by U.S. marshals from a Kentucky prison where he’s serving time for two guilty pleas related to two judicial bribery scandals.
The Biggers order states that one of Zach’s attorneys, Lee Martin, stated to the court that Dickie Scruggs’ testimony “is no longer needed in this case.” So, Biggers then rescinded his transport order.
Why the testimony will not be needed wasn’t answered in the document.
On condition that he be allowed the testify, Zach’s attorneys told the court that Dickie Scruggs would not avoid answering any questions by “taking the 5th,” which is the right against self-incrimination.
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