Scruggs’ son takes plea deal

Oxford lawyer Zach Scruggs — the son of Dickie Scruggs, Mississippi’s wealthiest trial lawyer — pleaded guilty today to failing to report a felony in connection with a judicial bribery scheme involving his father.

Represented by former Attorney General Mike Moore, the younger Scruggs admitted he played a role in the $40,000 bribe paid to Lafayette County Circuit Judge Henry Lackey, who had reported an initial bribery attempt and was cooperating with the FBI.

Prosecutors are recommending three years probation. U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers has taken the recommendations under advisement.

Clarion Ledger
3/21/8