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The Scruggs appeals are at an end

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 lost in courtroom after courtroom, and now the nation’s highest court won’t even bother with him.

It is rather ironic that Scruggs, who totally disrespected the courts, when forced to work through that same system — honestly this time — couldn’t win. It should reaffirm that our legal system is not broken, and at least in this case justice has indeed prevailed.

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