Losing appeal, Scruggs wants to go back to prison

AP News
Posted: Apr 16, 2013 12:07 PM

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.