The Supreme Court of the United States just released the notification that both Zach Scruggs and Paul Minor have been denied certiorari for their respective appeals.
This ends an exhaustive yet predictable battle replete with fawning media coverage spinning their narrative at every possible opportunity (Bless her heart – Exhibit A).
Paul Minor remains in prison after his conviction and is scheduled to be released in August of this year.
Zach Scruggs served 14 months after pleading guilty and is now working for Solar Blue in Orlando, Florida.
We have commented extensively on both their trial cases and appeals.
Selected links are below.
My opinion is that Zach Scruggs legal team doesn’t want the legal result they say they’re seeking. Instead, I think they’re just looking for the righteousness of the fight. Bear with me here. From someone who has studied this for three years, I can tell you that PR and their public narrative are indescribably important issues for them. I believe they want a comeback narrative and this legal fight (which has the high likelihood of losing on the merits) gives that to them. My opinion is that Zach will strike out at every level with the legal argument, but will get the karmic benefit of being able to say something like, “the government was out to get me and my lawyer screwed me and I have fought them at every level and even though I lost, I maintain my innocence.” Mind you, there doesn’t seem to be any proof for that narrative whatsoever, but I believe he is setting himself up from a PR perspective to be a martyr of sorts for “overzealous government prosecution” or some similar tune. Time will tell if I’m right on that, but given the circumstances, it’s the only way I can reconcile their behavior.