Scruggs Cites Skilling In 5th Circ. Appeal Of Fraud Conviction

Law360, New York (August 1, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT) -- Imprisoned former attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs on Tuesday told the Fifth Circuit that a lower court was wrong to uphold his conviction over a scheme to influence a Mississippi judge, citing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Skilling narrowing the scope of honest services fraud.

Scruggs, who is serving a seven-year prison sentence after admitting to honest services fraud for depriving citizens of the intangible right to a public official’s honest services, but who was not charged with bribes or kickbacks, argued that the Skilling decision...
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