Younger Scruggs back behind bars

Former lawyer Zach Scruggs is back behind bars for allegedly violating conditions of his release from federal prison to a halfway house in Tupelo last week.

Scruggs, 34, served six months of a 14-month federal sentence in a judicial bribery scandal that also included his father, Mississippi tort king Dickie Scruggs, and others. He was released from a prison in Forrest City, Ark., on Tuesday.

Scruggs was arrested Friday after the federal Bureau of Prisons issued a warrant for him.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Norman said Saturday that Scruggs arrived at the halfway house late.

“Apparently, he was seen around Oxford on Tuesday, having lunch (on the Square),” Norman said. Scruggs was seen dining with his wife and kids.

Paul Quinn
Clarion Ledger