Paul Minor sentencing set for Jan. 20

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The sentencing of former Biloxi attorney Paul Minor and two state court judges on charges of conspiracy and fraud has been set for Jan. 20.

Minor, who had been among Mississippi’s most successful lawyers, and Harrison County judges John Whitfield and Wes Teel were convicted in 2007 on numerous corruption charges.

A federal appeals court overturned the bribery charges in December 2009, but upheld others, including mail fraud, wire fraud and honest services fraud.

All three men are in prison. Minor is serving the longest sentence, 11 years.

Minor also has asked U.S. District Court Judge Henry T. Wingate to vacate his convictions. Wingate has not ruled on the motion.

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