Resentencing delayed for Minor, 2 former judges

The resentencing hearing for imprisoned former attorney Paul Minor and two former Mississippi judges has been delayed until Tuesday so the presiding judge can consider requests to vacate the convictions.

U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate heard arguments Friday on defense motions to throw out the convictions and said he will rule on the matter Tuesday. If he refuses to vacate the convictions, Wingate said he will re-sentence the men that afternoon.

Minor and former Harrison County judges Wes Teel and John Whitfield must be resentenced because a federal appeals court dismissed some of the judicial corruption charges on which they were convicted in 2007. The court upheld honest services fraud convictions against each of the men and Minor’s racketeering conviction.

Washington Examiner
3/11/11