Trent Lott testifies as Scruggs fights fraud conviction

Former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott has testified that he never promised to recommend a Hinds County judge for a federal post and never consulted with his brother-in-law — imprisoned former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs — when he reviewed candidate’s resumes for those jobs.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Lott was the first witness Monday in federal court in Oxford. His testimony matched what he has said before about his interaction with the judge.

Scruggs is serving a seven-year sentence. He pleaded guilty in 2008 to one count of depriving the citizens of Mississippi of honest services from former judge Bobby DeLaughter.