JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Disbarred Mississippi attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has asked to return to federal prison after losing a key appeal.
The 66-year-old Scruggs wants to resume serving out a seven-year prison sentence for trying to illegally influence a judge. Scruggs was freed on $2 million bond in December while he appealed a conviction for improperly influencing then-Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter. The judge was presiding over a lawsuit between Scruggs and another lawyer who were fighting over money.
Last week, a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Scruggs' appeal.
Scruggs' lawyer says he may ask for a rehearing or petition the U.S. Supreme Court, but there's no guarantee that either will hear the case, potentially prolonging the completion of his sentence.