Paul Minor, one of Mississippi’s most successful attorneys before going to prison on corruption charges, wasn’t allowed to attend his wife’s funeral in New Orleans on Friday.
The denial capped weeks of legal maneuvering through the courts, prison system and U.S. Justice Department for Minor to get out of prison to be with his wife in her last days. After her death from brain cancer Monday, Minor sought a pass to attend the funeral.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons denied the request apparently because Minor had already been allowed a brief visit in February, but Minor’s attorney wrote an urgent letter Thursday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to intervene. Holder replied in an e-mail to attorney Hiram Eastland Jr. late Thursday that Minor wouldn’t be allowed to go.