Anti-tobacco lawyer’s son sentenced in bribe plan

The son of anti-tobacco lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for knowing about a judicial bribery scandal and not reporting it to authorities.

Zach Scruggs was sentenced Wednesday by the same federal judge who last week sent his father to prison for five years for planning to bribe a Mississippi judge.

The sentence for Zach Scruggs went beyond the prosecution’s recommendation of probation. The charge was misprision of a felony, which meant he had knowledge of a crime and didn’t report it.