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UPDATE: Richard “Dickie” Scruggs Release Date Set

Richard “Dickie” Scruggs

by PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Richard F. “Dickie” Scruggs, imprisoned on two judicial bribery convictions, will be released Dec. 12 on bond while he appeals the second one, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons website shows today.

Scruggs, 66, of Oxford completed his sentence on one conviction and asked for release before the second one began, while his appeal is considered by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

ORIGINAL POST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A federal judge says former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs may return home to Oxford on $2 million bond while his attorneys appeal a 2009 bribery conviction.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/V9pEST ) reports that Senior District Judge Glen Davidson set the bond Monday for Scruggs, who has been imprisoned in Montgomery, Ala.

Scruggs contends that his offer of support to a Hinds County judge was not bribery but political speech.

The judge, Bobby DeLaughter, was hoping for appointment to the federal bench and was presiding over a legal-fees lawsuit against Scruggs.

Davidson rejected Scruggs’ appeal in May.

Scruggs has finished a sentence for a scheme to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey, and asked Davidson to let him out of prison during the DeLaughter appeal.