2 former Miss. judges to report to prison Thursday for bribery

Two former judges report to federal prison Thursday to begin serving lengthy sentences for their roles in a judicial bribery scandal that entangled one of the state’s most prominent plaintiffs attorneys.

Former Circuit Judge John Whitfield and former Chancery Judge Wes Teel, both of Harrison County on the Mississippi coast, were convicted in March of bribery and mail fraud.

Whitfield, 45, was sentenced to more than nine years. Teel, 57, was sentenced to almost six years.

Paul Minor, who was convicted of bribing the judges, is already serving an 11-year sentence in a federal prison in Tallahassee, Fla. The 61-year-old Minor was once considered among the top trial lawyers in Mississippi, amassing a fortune from tobacco, asbestos and other litigation.

Clarion Ledger
12/26/7