The Sun Herald, 12/13/7

A former Harrison County judge who was convicted of bribery is asking to remain free on bond while he appeals his nine-year federal prison sentence, according to court records.

The request is a reversal for former Circuit Judge John Whitfield, who previously said he was ready to start serving the sentence so he could get it over with and move on with his life.

Whitfield was convicted in March in a judicial bribery scandal that toppled one of Mississippi’s most successful plaintiffs attorneys, Paul Minor.