Scruggs gets hearing in appeal of conviction - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Scruggs gets hearing in appeal of conviction

(AP) - Imprisoned former attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has won a March 26 hearing in his effort to overturn his conviction in a corruption case involving former Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter.

Senior U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson granted the hearing Tuesday, but made it clear that Scruggs would have to meet a high standard before Davidson would toss the conviction.

Scruggs has argued in U.S. District Court in northern Mississippi that limits imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court on so-called honest services laws mean no juror would today convict him of the crime to which he pleaded guilty.

Scruggs was charged with enticing DeLaughter to rule in his favor in a civil lawsuit by saying Scruggs' brother-in-law, then-U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, would help DeLaughter get a federal judgeship.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly