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Judge Biggers to Sid Backstrom: Don’t ask for any favors if you haven’t been straight with me

This is apparently the week for the district judges in the Northern District of Mississippi to remind folks that the defendants in the Scruggs case haven’t exactly been honest with those courts.  First, Judge Davidson made clear he thought Joey Langston had lied in denying a bribe in the Scruggs II hearing.  Second, Judge Biggers explains why he’s denying Sid Backstrom’s motion for an early end to his supervised release:

The Court finds that the defendant herein has not been forthcoming with the court on two occasions after his plea of guilty, one time at his sentencing hearing and another time at a §2255 hearing concerning a co-defendant.

If these folks keep asking the judges who sat in these cases for their two cents, it’s going to be really hard for them to establish and sustain a version of the story that suggests they really didn’t commit any crimes.

Here’s the order.


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