Zach-“unwilling to plead to something that he didn’t do”

Zach is innocent and he’s unwilling to plead to something that he didn’t do,” said his lead defense attorney, Todd Graves of Kansas City.

At 33, David Zachary Scruggs – the cum laude and magna-admired lawyer-son of Dickie Scruggs – was the youngest of the five indicted defendants in USA v Scruggs.

Baducci, Patterson, Bankstrom, and his father have each entered Plea Agreements to one of the six counts of the Indictment.

Zach alone will stand trial later this month; however, Zach is far from alone – he’s “lawyered up” with a growing team of legal talent headed by former US Attorney Todd Graves.

Yesterday’s breaking news was the entry of appearance of former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore – however, yesterday’s biggest news was the entry of appearance of Chip Robertson.

Before joining BFRG, Chip Robertson was the youngest Missouri State Supreme Court judge ever appointed. He went on to be the youngest Chief Judge of a state Supreme Court in the entire United States. After spending over 12 years on the Missouri Supreme Court writing opinions on every aspect of civil and criminal law, speaking throughout the country on matters of litigation and jurisprudence and distinguishing himself as one of the finest appellate judges in Missouri or the United States, Chip left the bench to join BFRG.

Robertson’s has knock -your-socks-off credentials; but, the significance of his appearance is his should-make-your-eyes-pop-out practice area – plaintiff appellate advocacy.

Bartimus, Fricklton, Robertson, Gorny maintains one of the few appellate practice teams in the country devoted solely to plaintiff appellate advocacy…

When a plaintiff attorney needs the best to assist in briefing a novel or unique issue of appellate law, the best ones come to Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson, & Gorny.

Also entering is a novel or unique issue of appellate law in Zach’s defense – something Todd Graves suggested might be the case:

Your Honor, I’d like an opportunity to come back to the Court on several of the motions – – other motions that have been filed, the discovery motions, the jury motions, all those things are things that I think we can probably work out with the Government. And I don’t think they really apply to a single defendant in the same way that they would apply to multiple defendants.

Until Motions are filed tomorrow, the novel or unique issue of appellate law in Zach’s defense is anyone’s guess – as is how Judge Biggers will rule.

There’s no need to guess about Zach’s motivation, however – that he’s made perfectly clear – he’s unwilling to plead to something that he didn’t do.

No one should and Zach – son of a man who never could tell a lie that anyone would doubt, nor a truth that anybody would believe  – is himself very believable, a talented attorney and one very brave young man.

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

 

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