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Zach Scruggs Gets 14 Months

The government had suggested probation, but as the WSJ law blog (free!) reports, he has been sentenced to 14 months for misprision of a felony.

The WSJ law blog says that this federal crime is committed by failure to report a crime of which one has knowledge, but that is not accurate. The federal crime of misprision of a felony requires concealment of the crime, not merely non-reporting of it.

The young Scruggs' attorney was none other than former Mississippi AG (and mastermind of the great tobacco cartel) Mike Moore. Moore argued that Zach had "great love for the law", but somehow U.S. District Court Judge Neal Biggers failed to find that convincing....

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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