University Press of Mississippi has a new look out at the Minor – Scruggs – DeLaughter bribery cases, titled Power Greed Hubris: Judicial Bribery in Mississippi. This one is by James R. Crockett, a professor emeritus at the University of Southern Mississippi and adjunct professor of accountancy at the University of Mississippi. He wrote Hands in [...]
Longtime Oxford folks may remember Abbie’s Irish Rose, one of the first bars in Oxford, that opened in what had been the lobby of the Henry Hotel, later renamed the Abbey (because it had windows from a prior occupant of that space, the Methodist Church), in the mid-70s. Its owner, Merrell Williams, came to [...]
The United States Supreme Court denied cert this week on Dickie Scruggs’s appeal from Judge Bigger’s refusal to grant relief from Scruggs’s guilty plea.
This was not a surprise.
The Mississippi Business Journal story summed it up as well as possible:
Though he pleaded guilty, Scruggs began appealing his conviction in 2010. But he [...]
Occasionally, someone will ask me what happened to www.folo.us, the domain where the old Folo blog lived, at least from roughly February of 2008 until posting stopped in March of 2009.
Apparently, sometime this Spring, the domain registry fee was unpaid and the domain lapsed. A spam site took it over, and pulled up [...]
We agree with the district court in concluding that the record overwhelmingly establishes the existence of a corrupt bribery agreement between Scruggs and DeLaughter.
Fifth Circuit opinion in United States v. Scruggs
An interesting thing about the post-conviction efforts by Zach Scruggs to set aside his plea in Scruggs I and his father in [...]
Longtime followers of this blog and its predecessor may remember the qui tam suit the Scruggs Katrina Group filed on behalf of the Rigsby Sisters, who were adjustors for State Farm after Katrina. They alleged that State Farm was fraudulently moving claims from wind damage, which they covered, to water damage, which was covered [...]
The record makes manifest that the petitioner passed out search warrants like popsicles in July to a person whom he knew had no legitimate use for them. Common sense strongly suggests that the petitioner—who risked his reputation, his job, and his liberty by conspiring with Fosher—must have received some sort of emolument to make [...]
This is the second of three posts about Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit appeal of the denial of relief from his guilty plea to bribery of Judge DeLaughter. Part one is here.
Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit appeal is about the case involving Bobby DeLaughter. The question on appeal is, essentially, whether admittedly corrupt or unethical contact with [...]
The eight paragraphs of the Information speak for themselves. So does the silence of the Information.
Concededly, the Superseding Information recites ethically nefarious acts.
-US v. Scruggs, Fifth Circuit reply brief of the Appellant
There’s no particular significance to the quoted first quoted passage, except that the strange poetics of the sentence, “So [...]
Scruggs moved for release pending appeal, arguing the standards for release pending appeal– that he is not a flight risk, that a substantial issue is raised, and, that if he wins it, he will be released. Judge Davidson asked for a brief on jurisdiction, which the parties agreed he had.
He has now ruled [...]