OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A judge has granted the request by disbarred Mississippi attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs to return to federal prison to resume serving his sentence on a judicial corruption conviction.
Scruggs has been free on $2 million bond since December while appealing the 2009 conviction, but a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected his arguments. His lawyer has said they may ask for a rehearing or appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson signed an order Tuesday directing Scruggs to report to Federal Prison Camp Montgomery, Ala., by 2 p.m. on April 29.
Prosecutors say Scruggs told a judge that he would recommend him for an appointment to the federal bench in return for a favorable ruling in a court case. Scruggs was an architect of the multibillion dollar tobacco lawsuits of the 1990s.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)