Minor seeking leave to go to wife’s funeral

The wife of former Mississippi lawyer Paul Minor died of brain cancer this week while he was hundreds of miles away in a federal prison camp seeking an emergency temporary release to be with her.

Minor’s attorney, Hiram Eastland Jr., said Tuesday he is hoping the Justice Department now will grant Minor a 30-day leave from the the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola, Fla., to attend his wife’s funeral and be with his family. The Minors have two adult children.

“It’s a real tragedy that Paul wasn’t released to spend time with his dying wife,” Eastland said.

Minor is serving an 11-year sentence after his March 2007 conviction of bribing two judges. The New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied his emergency request to be released to be with his wife, Sylvia.

Clarion-Ledger 4/15/9