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OE – Two Down . . . Three to Go

OE – Two Down . . . Three to Go

By: Magnolia Tribune - January 16, 2008

Two down, three to go.

Steven A. Patterson pleaded guilty this morning at the U.S. District Court in Oxford for his role in an attempt to bribe a judge in a case against prominent trial attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs.

Patterson pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to bribe an elected official, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, in front of Senior Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr.

“I stand here a blessed man,” Patterson told the judge. “My family, church and the community have stood by me.”

Patterson said he never started out with the intentions of bribing a judge.

“My attorneys, and the government’s attorneys have explained to me that at the point I joined, I was at that point, a co-conspirator.”

Oxford Eagle

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