Mississippi Judicial Bribery Cases before 5th Circuit Court

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A federal appeals court has granted oral arguments in the ongoing appeals of Paul Minor and two former
judges in a bribery case.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments July 10 in Houston, Texas.

It's one of two Mississippi judicial bribery cases before the appeals court next month.

Minor was convicted of backing loans to former Harrison County judges Wes Teel and John Whitfield in exchange for favorable court
rulings. The judges were convicted of taking bribes.

Minor was first convicted of corruption charges in 2007 and sentenced to 11 years. He was re-sentenced in June 2011 to eight years
because the 5th Circuit had vacated bribery convictions in 2009.

Teel and Whitfield also were re-sentenced to shorter terms. Teel is out of prison.


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