Scruggs’ defense receives evidence

Defense attorneys for five NeMiss men accused of attempting to bribe a judge are receiving documents and recordings relating to the federal allegations.

Attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs of Oxford, his son Zach, Oxford attorney Sidney Backstrom, New Albany attorney Timothy Balducci and former State Auditor Steve Patterson were indicted Nov. 28 on charges they conspired to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun County.

Ashland attorney Tony Farese, who represents Zach Scruggs, said the evidence started arriving for defense scrutiny late Wednesday.

“It’s a lot to go through, and it’s just partial discovery,” Farese said Thursday.

NE MS Daily Journal