Posts Tagged ‘judicial bribery’

Court of Appeals upholds judge’s tossing of defamation case over book

JACKSON — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has agreed with a judge’s rejection of defamation claims that an FBI agent made in a lawsuit against authors of a book about a judicial bribery case. The appeals court issued its ruling Tuesday. In December 2010, FBI agent Hal Neilson sued authors Tom Dawson and Alan Lange […] [...]

Zach Scruggs’ last hope for appeal denied without comment

OXFORD — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied 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 court without comment declined Scruggs’ request to hear his appeal. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Scruggs continues bid for overturning conviction; Backstrom’s sentence upheld

OXFORD — Imprisoned former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs wants to take his push to vacate his 2009 conviction in a judicial bribery case to a federal appeals court. And a judge has denied a request to reduce the sentence of co-defendant Steve Backstrom The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Scruggs filed a motion asking a […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Minor, judges appealing judicial bribery charges

JACKSON — Former attorney Paul Minor and two former judges have appealed their convictions in a Mississippi judicial bribery case and have asked a federal court to schedule oral arguments. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has not ruled on the request. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has not yet filed a […] [...]

Documents opened in Scruggs case, including Lott’s deposition

OXFORD — A federal judge has unsealed court records related to one of Mississippi most notorious judicial corruption cases, including a deposition by former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi. Lott was never charged with wrongdoing in the case that toppled his brother-in-law, Dickie Scruggs, among Mississippi’s most powerful lawyers before going to prison. Scruggs […] [...]

Judge to hold conference on USF&G lawsuit

JACKSON — A federal judge plans to talk with attorneys this month about how to move forward with a seven-year-old lawsuit linked to a corruption case that sent one of Mississippi’s most prominent lawyers and two former judges to prison. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate has scheduled a status conference in the case for Sept. […] [...]

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