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It’s not clear what’s occurring at HottyToddy.Com…

Day before yesterday, Alan Lange at YallPolitics noted that the M-Club was offering tours of the Scruggs home for $30 this weekend.  He posted a sccan of a flier describing the tour and a link (now expired) where you could register for that part of the event.  The post stated the opinions that this […]

No, the Briars was not Jefferson Davis’s “ancestral home.”

So, this weekend, the M-Club is having a weekend in Oxford.  As YallPolitics reports, the M-Club sent out a flyer offering all kinds of things to do in Oxford this weekend.  One thing you can do is for $30 get a tour of the Scruggs home for $30 a head.  In the course of […]

The Dog that Didn’t Bark

HottyToddy.com has an “interview” with Dickie Scruggs, by “Steve Vassallo … a HottyToddy.com contributor who interviews Oxford’s and our region’s leading personalities.”

There was one subject the interviewer never brought up.  He did ask the name of Scruggs’s favorite president.  Andrew Jackson.

Andrew Jackson?  “Whipped the British; whipped the bankers; and whipped the secessionists.”

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James Crockett’s new book, a look at Scruggs, DeLaughter and the gang: Power Greed Hubris

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 […]

Merrell Williams, who gave (or sold) tobacco documents to Scruggs, dies at 72

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 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 […]

The Fifth Circuit holds that Scruggs’s guilt of bribing DeLaughter was “overwhelmingly establishe[d]”

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 […]

“it would be tooth-fairy odd … in the absence of a quid pro quo.” Notes on Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit Appeal, Part 3

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 […]

“Defendants all over the country were raising these kinds of claims.” Notes on Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit Appeal, Part 2

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 silence of the Information” and “ethically nefarious acts”: Notes on Dickie Scruggs’s Fifth Circuit appeal, Part 1

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 […]