Scruggs asks Miss. Supreme Court to dismiss Bar complaint - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Scruggs asks Miss. Supreme Court to dismiss Bar complaint

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - High-profile plaintiffs' attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to dismiss a petition that seeks to take his license to practice.

Scruggs filed his motion on March 28th, 10 days after the Mississippi Bar asked the court to disbar the Oxford attorney.

Scruggs said in his motion that the Bar's action was premature.

Similar petitions have been filed by the Bar against Scruggs' son, Zach, and law partner Sidney Backstrom.

Scruggs and Backstrom have each pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Oxford to one count of conspiring to bribe a state judge. Other counts were dropped.

Zach Scruggs has pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony, which means he had knowledge of a felony but didn't report it.

No sentencing dates have been set.

The elder Scruggs contends that although he pleaded guilty March 14 to a felony of conspiring to bribe a judge, the Bar will need to file a "certified copy" of his guilty plea.

He says such a copy or order hasn't been entered for his case.

He also said a federal judge has not yet accepted that plea.

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