The Clarion-Ledger, 8/12/8

Imprisoned trial lawyer Paul Minor is asking to be freed on an appeal bond, just as former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was by an appeals court.

“Paul Minor’s case is every bit as compelling as Gov. Siegelman’s,” said a lawyer for Minor, Hiram Eastland Jr. of Greenwood.

Under the law, a federal judge can release a defendant on an appeal bond if the case raises “substantial questions of law or fact likely to result in reversal.”

Because of questions raised by the House Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department is now investigating the Siegelman case, the Minor case and others. “The media, Congress and even the Department of Justice have raised issues of impropriety in this case,” wrote Minor’s lawyers.