Scruggs gets maximum sentence

More than 100 people filled the courtroom this morning for Scruggs’ sentencing with the overflow put in another courtroom. Former attorney general Mike Moore, who recruited Scruggs to lead the state’s successful lawsuit against the tobacco industry, and University of Mississippi Chancellor Robert Khayat were among the many Scruggs’ supporters who showed up.

Moore is representing Zach Scruggs, who pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of not reporting his knowledge of the bribe.

Moore said after the sentencings that federal prosecutors are recommending probation for Zach Scruggs. He is scheduled to be sentenced July 2.

“This is tragedy after tragedy after tragedy,” Moore said. “Unfortunately, there’s nothing good that comes of this.”

Clarion Ledger
6/27/8