Bennie Thompson In Court for Paul Minor


Defense attorney Abbe Lowell has lost his voice when he needs it most.

Lowell is scheduled to deliver closing arguments for his client, Biloxi attorney Paul Minor, in a judicial bribery case. He’s developed a cold and, for the first time in his noted legal career, laryngitis.

Closing arguments are likely to begin Thursday morning, which would only help Lowell’s voice.

“I just know I can’t speak for more than five minutes at a time right now,” he told Wingate. “I hope to be better in the morning.”

The federal courtroom began to fill with spectators as the two-month-old trial built toward closing arguments. Most in the courtroom, including U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, attended to support the defendants.

U.S. attorney, Dunn Lampton, whose office is in Jackson, sat in the back row on the prosecution side of the aisle.

Sun Herald
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