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Oxford 02/22/08

Justice For Sale? Government Wants Anonymous Jury

Two judicial bribery cases implicating high-profile lawyer Dickie Scruggs and others continues to make waves. In the latest developments, the government has filed a rare request in U.S. District Court in Oxford. Prosecutors are asking to empanel an anonymous jury. This would keep names and background information about jurors secret.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled certain factors must be weighed. Among them: The defendants' past attempts to interfere with the judicial process or witnesses, the potential that if convicted the defendants will suffer a lengthy incarceration and big monetary penalties, and the extensive publicity that could enhance the possibility that jurors' names would become public and expose them to intimidation and harassment.

The government argues that the indictment itself deals with attempts to corrupt the judicial process. And given the nature of the charges, it states, the immense resources of the defendants, and the penalties at stake, "further potential compromising of the judicial process cannot be discounted."

It's not known when the judge may rule on this.

If convicted Dickie Scruggs faces up to 75 years in prison. He, his son Zach and Sidney Backstrom say they are innocent and did not try to bribe Lafayette Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey in a dispute over $26 million in legal fees.

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