UPDATE: Scruggs asks for prison return while appeals play out


OXFORD – Former litigator Richard “Dick” Scruggs today asked the federal court to let him return to prison while his appeals continue.
Friday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans turned down his attorneys’ arguments to overturn his 2009 conviction in a case involving then-Hinds Judge Bobby DeLaughter.
Scruggs, 66, has been free on $1 million bond while the appeal was considered.
Today, in a three-page motion, he says he “desires to resume serving his criminal sentence while these further appeals are pending.”
Late in 2012, the once famed litigator completed a five-year sentence for his guilty plea in a scheme to bribe Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun City who presided over a legal-fees lawsuit against Scruggs and others.
But Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson granted him bail while he appealed his second guilty plea in a case the government claimed he sought to improperly influence DeLaughter, who presided over another legal-fees lawsuit against Scruggs.
On appeal, he insisted he did not try to bribe DeLaughter with a promise to suggest him for a federal judgeship.
Scruggs received about 2 1/2 years sentence tacked onto his Lackey sentence after his second guilty plea.
• Read Tuesday’s Daily Journal for more details.

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