Scruggs seeks dismissal of conviction - - Jackson, MS

Scruggs seeks dismissal of conviction

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A former associate of imprisoned attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs has testified he opposed bribing a Hinds County judge because a friend of the jurist was feeding them information on a civil lawsuit over legal fees.

The testimony of Steve Patterson, a former state auditor, came Monday in federal court in Oxford. Testimony was to continue Tuesday.

Scruggs is serving a 7-year sentence. He pleaded guilty in 2008 to one count of depriving the citizens of Mississippi of honest services from Hinds County Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter.

Scruggs has argued that the limits imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court on so-called honest services fraud mean no juror would today convict him of the crime to which he pleaded guilty.

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