Dickie Scruggs Loses Bid To Vacate Corruption Conviction

Law360, Los Angeles (April 12, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit on Friday affirmed the conviction of once-prominent plaintiffs' lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, ruling that Scruggs could not waive an earlier guilty plea after the U.S. Supreme Court's Skilling v. United States decision narrowed the scope of what constitutes honest services fraud.

In a 16-page published opinion, a three-judge federal appellate panel unanimously agreed with a federal district judge “in concluding that the record overwhelmingly establishes the existence of a corrupt bribery agreement” between Scruggs and Mississippi Judge Bobby DeLaughter.

Scruggs and DeLaughter, who...
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