Zach Scruggs asks to question key scandal players before hearing

Zach Scruggs wants to interview under oath at least 11 “key players” in the legal saga that cost him his career and freedom, for a time.

Scruggs, 36, of Oxford asked the court in mid-February to vacate his conviction and sentence from a 2008 guilty plea that he knew about an illegal conversation between a colleague and the judge presiding over a lawsuit against his father, Richard “Dickie” Scruggs and others.

He went to prison and permanently lost his license to practice law.

Senior Judge Neal Biggers Jr. set an April 25 hearing on “all issues,” he said. But Biggers also denied a request to discover new evidence, saying the time for that had passed when Scruggs entered his plea.