Scruggs Tries To Nix Honest Services Conviction

Law360, New York (June 24, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT) -- Imprisoned ex-attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs on Thursday sought to nix his honest services conviction for trying to sway a Mississippi judge by promising him a federal bench appointment with the help of his brother-in-law, former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss.

Scruggs, who pled guilty in 2009, argued in a motion that the conviction should be thrown out in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Skilling. He said he never bribed Judge Bobby DeLaughter, a requisite under Skilling, rather he only talked to a friend...
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