The Clarion-Ledger, 3/2/9

Zach Scruggs’ attorneys dispute that he violated the terms of his release from federal prison to a halfway house in Tupelo.

Scruggs, 34, was arrested Friday by the Bureau of Prisons and placed in the Lafayette County jail after someone reported seeing him eating on the Oxford Square with his family Tuesday.

Scruggs was en route to Tupelo from prison in Forrest City, Ark., when he stopped in Oxford.

Scruggs, a former attorney, was released from prison after serving six months of a 14-month federal sentence in a judicial bribery scandal that included his father, Dickie Scruggs.

Former state Attorney General Mike Moore, one of Zach Scruggs’ attorneys, said in an e-mail Sunday, “The whole situation was driven by (Scruggs) stopping to have lunch in his hometown and visiting his kids, then people calling and blogging.”

“I have talked to the Bureau of Prisons regional manager and the halfway house manager, and none can cite any rule Zach violated. This will all get straightened out pretty quickly I bet,” Moore wrote. “He simply stopped to see his new baby and mom, who has been very ill, ate lunch and continued on to Tupelo.”