Scruggs conviction won’t be dismissed

OXFORD — A federal judge on Wednesday refused to throw out the 2008 conviction of attorney Zach Scruggs in a corruption case that also involved his father, well-known trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs.

Zach Scruggs pleaded guilty to knowing about – but not reporting – illegal contacts with a judge. Since his release from prison in 2010, he has insisted on his innocence and sought to get that conviction thrown out, saying he was coerced into pleading guilty.

U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers in Oxford denied the motion to vacate the conviction.

AP
8/3/11