Scruggs may use stealth entrapment defense to bribery charge

In their papers, Scruggs and his two co-defendants – law partners Sidney A. Backstrom and David Zachary Scruggs (Scruggs’s son) – specifically ask a federal judge in Oxford, Mississippi to dismiss the indictment against them due to “outrageous government misconduct.” The motion alleges that government “agents,” including Lafayette County state judge Harold Lackey of Oxford (the alleged target of the bribery attempt outlined in the indictment), effectively manufactured the crime. It also claims that federal investigators misled federal judges in their wiretap applications by concealing evidence suggesting that Scruggs and his partners were not involved – at least at the early stages.

FORTUNE
2/13/8