Ex-attorney wants release from prison during second appeal

OXFORD — Imprisoned former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs wants to be released from prison while his appeal of a second judicial bribery conviction is pending.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the 66-year-old Scruggs is due for release from his first sentence on Nov. 6.

Scruggs is completing his five-year sentence for a 2007 guilty plea to a scheme to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun City.

The remainder of the second sentence — about two years — comes from a 2009 guilty plea to improperly influencing Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter of Hinds County, who presided over a legal-fees lawsuit against Scruggs.

The second appeal is pending before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

 

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