Attorneys in Scruggs case seek more information - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Attorneys in Scruggs case seek more information

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Defense attorneys in the judicial bribery case of prominent attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs are asking a federal judge to order prosecutors to turn over evidence they say they have yet to receive.

In a 14-page motion defense attorneys also seek a hearing so the court can consider whether there will be enough time to review the requested items before the February 25th trial.

A grand jury in Oxford indicted Scruggs, his son and law partner Zach, and three others in November on charges they conspired to pay a state court judge $50,000 for a favorable ruling.

The lawyers stood to gain more than more than $26.5 million in Hurricane Katrina legal fees.       The indictments quote from conversations between Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey and attorney Timothy Balducci, who allegedly paid Lackey the bribe money on behalf of Richard Scruggs.

The request specifically seeks 14 items, including audio and video recordings, and anything provided to the government by Balducci. They also want the results of any polygraph Balducci may have taken.

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