UPDATE: Zach Scruggs hires former AG Mike Moore
- Moore explains why he's on board.

Photo: Mike Moore

OXFORD – Zach Scruggs, the sole co-defendant left in a judicial bribery case, has hired former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore to represent him.

The 33-year-old Scruggs also is represented by two Missouri defense attorneys. His trial is set for March 31.

What Moore's hiring means on today's deadline for plea agreements wasn't immediately clear.

Moore had this to say in an e-mail to the Daily Journal:

“I have known Zach Scruggs since he was a little boy. He asked me to represent him should his case ever get to trial. Zach is innocent of the charges pressed against him, and we look forward to his exoneration.”

Scruggs is accused of trying to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun City.

His father, famed plaintiff's lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, and their legal colleague Sidney Backstrom pleaded guilty to the scheme Friday.

The younger Scruggs has maintained his innocence since their indictment Nov. 28.

For more, come back to djournal.com and read Tuesday's Daily Journal.