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His attorneys said he hasn’t begun serving the remainder of that sentence, for which they insist he is innocent.

“Thus, pragmatically,” they write, “the question is not whether to continue punishing (Scruggs) for this crime, it is whether to start.”

If he were allowed bail, they said he also could get medical attention, at his own expense, for a condition causing his right hand to contract and for a malignant cancer lesion on his forehead, both reportedly worsened without treatment because his Montgomery, Ala., prison camp is without a doctor.

In the DeLaughter case, Scruggs insisted his support of the judge’s ambitions for a federal judgeship were not bribery but protected political speech.

If his claims ultimately are denied by the 5th Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court, the motion stated, “he can always return to prison.”

“If he is denied bail,” but has his conviction overturned, it read, “those days of wrongful imprisonment can never be given back.”

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Posted October 30, 2012 - 12:20 pm

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