Patsy Brumfield’s print story on Scruggs hearing

OXFORD – Zach Scruggs’ trial that never happened began Monday as a hearing he hopes will prove him innocent of a 2008 guilty plea.

Scruggs, 37 of Oxford, last fall asked Senior U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers to set the hearing to allow new evidence and a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision to back up his claim that he should not have been convicted of knowing about but not reporting that a colleague illegally spoke to a judge about a legal-fees lawsuit against the Scruggs Katrina Group.

Timothy Balducci, the government’s key witness against Scruggs and four others originally accused of a scheme to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun City, spent all day on the witness stand.