UPDATE: Scruggs on the move

Richard “Dickie” Scruggs of Oxford, in the federal prison system for two guilty pleas in judicial bribery cases, is on the move again.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons’ Web site today lists his status as “in transit.”

The 62-year-old disbarred attorney was once one of the nation’s most famous plaintiffs’ attorneys and slayer of corporate dragons like Big Tobacco and Big Asbestos.

His destination is not clear, but he may be headed back to his original imprisonment facility in Ashland, Ky., where he began a five-year sentence from 2008 admissions he attempted to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun City.

In February, he was moved to the Oxford-Lafayette Detention Center – first, for a guilty plea and sentencing in a judicial bribery scandal in which suspended Hinds Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter also is ensnared. And second, to be available to cooperate with federal prosecutors about other investigations.

He is expected to serve another two years on that February plea.

A few days ago, Scruggs was moved to an Oklahoma City prison, but today he’s listed “in transit.”

In February, he asked U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson to recommend he be moved from Kentucky to a federal facility in Forrest City Ark., which is more convenient for his family and prosecutors.


Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

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