The FBI started asking questions. Minor soon visited Scruggs’ office in a panic.

“I prefaced that conversation by telling Paul Minor that I had spoken with federal and state investigators in Jackson shortly before that,” Scruggs calmly told the jury. “I said, ‘Please don’t tell me anything that you don’t want me to have to tell them truthfully.'”

Scruggs was investigated, too. But federal prosecutors in Mississippi’s Southern District did not charge him in the judicial bribery case when Minor, state Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr. and two lower court judges were indicted in July 2003. Minor’s attorneys claim Scruggs’ political connections biased the investigation, an allegation federal and state investigators have always denied.

Anita Lee
Sun Herald