Interesting lede in Alyssa Schnugg’s piece in the Eagle today about Scruggs’s effort to set aside his plea:
When Richard “Dickie” Scruggs stood before U.S. District Court Judge Glen Davidson in February 2009, he apologized for his behavior and said he hoped his pleading guilty to his second judicial bribery charge would be the first stop in becoming a better man.
Now, a little more than two years later, Scruggs has had second thoughts about what he said and did in court that day.
The article (hidden behind the Oxford Eagle’s paywall) is a good summary of the case and the motion.
I’ve gone back and looked at the motions rulings involving Judge DeLaughter. He filed two motions to dismiss, one aimed at the honest services count and one aimed at the 666/bribery count; in both motions he argued that nothing of value was exchanged. Judge Davidson denied both motions.