Diaz Trial Rescheduled

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A trial has been scheduled for March 1 in a judicial corruption case involving a Mississippi Supreme Court justice, two former judges and a prominent Gulf Coast attorney.

Justice Oliver Diaz, Jr., his ex-wife Jennifer, attorney Paul Minor, and former judges John Whitfield and Wes Teel have been indicted by a federal grand jury on bribery charges. Minor has also been charged with racketeering.

In a hearing Monday, U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate also denied separate trials for the Diaz's and Whitfield and a motion to move the case to the Gulf Coast.

The trial date was originally set to begin on Oct. 6, but both sides had argued for the delay because of the sheer volume of the evidence involved.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruth Morgan said there are more than 70,000 pages of documents.