AP – Scruggs to get March hearing

JACKSON, Miss. — Imprisoned former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs has earned a March 26 hearing in his effort to overturn his 2009 conviction in a corruption case involving former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter.

Senior U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson granted the hearing Tuesday, but made it clear that Scruggs would have to meet a high standard before Davidson would toss the conviction.

Scruggs has argued in U.S. District Court in northern Mississippi that limits imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court on so-called honest services fraud mean no juror would today convict him of the crime to which he pleaded guilty.