US Says Skilling Ruling Can't Help Scruggs' Son

Law360, New York (May 26, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT) -- Prosecutors told a Mississippi federal court Thursday that David Zachary Scruggs’ conviction in connection with his father’s scheme to bribe a state judge is not undone by the narrowed scope of honest services fraud.

While Scruggs maintains that his conviction is obliterated by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in U.S. v. Skilling, which limited honest services fraud to cases of bribery and kickbacks, prosecutors contend that the charges remain viable because the underlying scheme clearly involved a bribe.

Scruggs pled guilty in 2008 to failing to...
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