LegalNewsline, 1/27/9

Two of the co-conspirators of disgraced former plaintiffs attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs will be sentenced for their admitted roles in a judicial bribery scheme on Feb. 13.

U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers submitted a sentencing order Thursday in the cases of Timothy Balducci and former Mississippi Auditor Steve Patterson. Both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery of an elected official and face a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Scruggs, against whom Balducci gathered evidence, received the maximum five-year sentence last year and is incarcerated in Kentucky.

If Balducci and Patterson provided a substantial amount of help to the federal prosecutors, a motion for downward departure of their sentences will be filed.