Dickie Scruggs Appeals Corruption Conviction To High Court

Law360, New York (August 15, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT) -- Disgraced anti-tobacco attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review the Fifth Circuit's refusal to exonerate him in his corruption scheme with Mississippi Judge Bobby DeLaughter, seeking clarification on the honest services fraud statute under which he was convicted.

In his petition for certiorari, Scruggs asked the nation's high court to clarify its 2010 ruling in Skilling v. USA, which had narrowed the scope of what constituted honest services fraud, and to give guidance on whether district courts have jurisdiction to punish...
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