Zach Scruggs Gets 14 Months, Though Gov’t Suggested Probation

Former Mississippi AG Mike Moore defended Scruggs, saying that Scruggs never knew of an attempt to corrupt a judge. But Biggers said one of the most negative things about Scruggs’s case was that Scruggs had declared his great love and respect for law. “Your actions have contradicted your words,” Biggers said.

According to the AP report, Zach’s sentence went far beyond the prosecutors’ recommendation of probation. The charge was misprision of a felony, which meant he had knowledge of a crime and didn’t report it.

Scruggs’s defense attorney reportedly plans to file a request to delay Zach’s incarceration date so he can stay with his wife until their third child is born, sometime in October. The facility where Scruggs will serve his time is currently undecided.

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