Appeals court refuses to vacate Zach Scruggs’ guilty plea in corruption case

federal appeals court has refused to vacate the 2008 guilty plea of Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father and law partner, plaintiffs’ lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs.

A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld the conviction in a ruling Thursday.