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Scruggs news: updates from a tired reporter

Posted by paulquinn on June 17, 2008

Recently while exploring the web I discovered Judge Henry Lackey won an award in his home town. The Calhoun County Journal Online reported Lackey received the Tom Cole City Spirit Award.

Donna Cole had this to say about Lackey:

“This past year the judge exhibited amazing courage by upholding the law of the land,” Cole said. “His actions raised the standard for his peers, showed the country that Mississippi does do right, and set an example for each of us, young and old, to follow.” 

More updates on this in the future.

Sentencing for Richard Scruggs is set for 10 a.m. Friday June 27 at the Oxford Federal Courthouse. Later that day Sidney Backstrom will be sentenced.

Something I have been wondering about is Backstrom’s objection to the pre-sentencing report.  If he plans to argue the benefit of the bribe is indeterminable, and the judge should only take into account the $50,000 when sentencing, how does this effect Scruggs’ sentencing hearing? It occurs before Backstrom’s and if the judge rules “yes only $50,000” how does he go back and re-sentence Scruggs? Does it even matter?

Zach Scruggs sentencing date will be on July 2 at 10 a.m.

We are still awaiting sentencing dates for Tim Balducci and Steve Patterson.

I have been trying to find any recent news regarding the investigation into Judge Bobby Delaugter and and former Hinds County D.A. Ed Peters, does anybody out there know anything?

I assume Joey Langston, who pleaded guilty in January to influencing Delaughter, won’t be sentenced until the DeLaughter/Peters investigation is complete.

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