Diaz, Minor Indicted

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Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz, Jr., and prominent Gulf Coast attorney Paul Minor were indicted Friday on fraud and bribery charges.

The charges come after a yearlong corruption investigation that was launched last fall. It centered on whether trial lawyers paid off bank loans for state judges in exchange for favorable treatment in court.

Diaz, of Biloxi, is a former state lawmaker once considered among the most promising up-and-coming Republicans in the state.

Minor, of Ocean Springs, made millions in several landmark cases, including one against big tobacco companies.

Others indicted were Diaz's former wife, Jennifer Diaz, and former Harrison County judges Wes Teel and John Whitfield.

The 16-count indictment was announced Friday in a news release from the U.S. attorney's office in Jackson.