Posts Tagged ‘corruption’

Ex-DMR director wants more time before sentencing for corruption

BILOXI — The former head of Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources has joined his son and another defendant in asking a federal judge to hold off sentencing him on corruption charges. Bill Walker is scheduled for sentencing June 5 but wants a six-week delay. The motion indicates federal prosecutors don’t oppose the postponement to resolve […] [...]

Ex-city manager asks for delay in sentencing for corruption

D’IBERVILLE — Former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus has asked to have his sentencing on federal corruption charges put off for 30 days. Janus’ lawyer, Cliff Johnson, filed a motion for the delay Friday in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors don’t oppose the delay in sentencing, which had been set for tomorrow. Johnson wrote that Janus […] [...]

Businessman seeks separate trial on corruption charges

D’IBERVILLE — A south Mississippi businessman wants a separate trial on corruption charges, saying he could be incriminated by a statement his co-defendant made to the FBI. Scott Walker and former D’Iberville City Manager Michael Janus are charged in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg with fraudulently using D’Iberville money. The Sun Herald reports that Walker […] [...]

Indictments handed out in MDMR corruption case

BILOXI — The former director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, his son and two others have been indicted on federal corruption charges involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money. That federal indictment — and another involving a former city manager in south Mississippi — were unsealed yesterday, not long after five […] [...]

Disbarred lawyer asks to return to prison pending appeal

OXFORD — Disbarred Mississippi attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs wants to return to federal prison pending an appeal of a judicial corruption conviction. Scruggs has been free on $2 million bond since December while appealing the 2009 conviction, but a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected his arguments. In a […] [...]

U.S. Supreme Court weighing appeal of Scruggs, Minor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court will hold a conference Feb. 15 to decide on whether to hear an appeal from Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father, plaintiffs’ lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. The conference will also make a decision in the case of […] [...]

Minor wants judicial bribery sentence tossed

JACKSON — Imprisoned former attorney Paul Minor has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn his sentence in a Mississippi judicial corruption case. Minor is appealing a decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last August that upheld sentences of Minor and former judges Wes Teel and John Whitfield. Prosecutors say Minor backed […] [...]

Scruggs asking appeals court to overturn bribery conviction

NEW ORLEANS — Former Mississippi attorney Zach Scruggs is asking the federal appeals court in New Orleans to overturn his 2008 guilty plea in a judicial bribery case that also involved his father. Scruggs’ attorney and prosecutors will each have 30 minutes today before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal. He spent 14 months […] [...]

Judge rules: Scruggs’ judicial bribery conviction upheld

ABERDEEN — A federal judge has dismissed imprisoned attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs’ push to vacate his 2009 conviction in a judicial bribery case The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson yesterday dismissed Scruggs’ motion. If he decides to appeal, the matter would move to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court […] [...]

Ex-Sen. Lott testifies in brother-in-law Scruggs’ case

OXFORD — Former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) has testified that he never promised to recommend a Hinds County judge for a federal post and never consulted with his brother-in-law — imprisoned former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs — when he reviewed candidate’s resumes for those jobs. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Lott was the […] [...]

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