Zach Scruggs loses 5th Circuit appeal

Former Oxford attorney Zach Scruggs lost a big step toward proving his innocence in a 2007 judicial bribery scandal that rocked Mississippi’s legal community.

Thursday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed his 2008 conviction and sentence should stand.

“Everybody’s very disappoint- ed,” said Scruggs’ chief attorney, Edward “Chip” Robertson Jr.

“We’re just going to have to spend some time digesting what the court said and see if we have any grounds for appeal.”