Five weeks until Scruggs learns fate

More than two months after pleading guilty to a judicial bribery scheme, famed plaintiffs attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs received the date of his sentencing hearing Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers scheduled Scruggs’ sentencing for 10 a.m. on July 2 after having his original June 18 date objected to by Scruggs.

Fellow Scruggs Law Firm members Sidney Backstrom and Zach Scruggs, Dickie’s son, will be sentenced the same day at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

“The court has observed that the defendants have solicited numerous persons to write letters to the court requesting leniency for the defendants and making observations about the defendants’ character,” Biggers wrote.

“The court will allow testimony from a maximum of three persons for each defendant in the defendant’s discretion at the sentencing hearing.”

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