Update: Scruggs’ prosecutors won’t oppose trial delay

Videos and surveillance photos, plus expense reports, are part of evidence the government has supplied to the defense team for famed Oxford attorney Richard Scruggs and four others accused of trying to bribe a judge.

Released Thursday, a new government document also says prosecutors don’t object to delaying the trial, which Senior Judge Neal Biggers Jr. set for Jan. 22.

Scruggs, his attorney son Zach, Oxford attorney Sidney Backstrom, New Albany attorney Timothy Balducci and former state auditor Steven Patterson were indicted Nov. 28 on six counts of trying to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun County. They all pleaded not guilty, but Balducci turned around a couple of hours later and pleaded guilty to one count. He reportedly is cooperating with the government.

NE MS Daily Journal
12/20/7