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Zach Scruggs Oral Arguments Set

By Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments on Zach Scruggs' attempt to have his conviction overturned in a Mississippi judicial bribery case.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has tentatively scheduled arguments for early July.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Scruggs has appealed from a 2011 ruling by U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. in Oxford.

Scruggs was indicted in November 2007 with his father, imprisoned attorney Richard F. "Dickie" Scruggs, and three others that they conspired to bribe Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun City. Lackey presided over a legal-fees lawsuit against Dickie Scruggs and others.

Ultimately Zach Scruggs pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. He spent 14 months in prison, lost his law license and paid a $250,000 fine.
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