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Defense in bribery case seeks to dismiss charges or move trial

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge is weighing whether to grant a request to move wealthy plaintiffs attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs' trial out of Mississippi.

Monday, Scruggs' lawyers argued that widespread media coverage of the case has unfairly made Scruggs a "poster-child for greed, attorney malfeasance and tort reform."

The defense attorneys say this will prevent him from getting a fair trial in his hometown, Oxford, Miss.

They asked U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers Jr. to dismiss judicial bribery charges against their client or to move his March 31 trial to another federal courthouse outside Mississippi.

Biggers didn't immediately rule on that request or several others that defense lawyers made in a raft of court papers filed last night.

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