Minor accuses fed prosecutors of misconduct

An imprisoned former prominent Mississippi attorney wants his bribery conviction thrown out, with his lawyer on Wednesday accusing prosecutors of withholding evidence as in the botched case against former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

Paul Minor was one of Mississippi’s most successful attorneys and was a big donor to Democratic candidates before being convicted on corruption charges in 2007. Minor has long said he was the target of a political prosecution by the Justice Department under Republican President George W. Bush.

Minor’s attorney, Hiram Eastland Jr., said he sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who was appointed after Democrat Barack Obama became president in January. Eastland said Minor’s case has striking similarities to the Stevens’ case.

“This is like the Stevens case on steroids,” Eastland told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday.