Minor resentencing scheduled for June 8

Published 2:21 am Thursday, May 26, 2011

The federal resentencing hearing for imprisoned Mississippi attorney Paul Minor and two former judges is now scheduled for June 8.

The hearing has been delayed several times. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate delayed it last time so he could have more time to consider motions seeking to throw out all of the convictions in the case. No decision on that has been made public.

Minor and former Harrison County judges Wes Teel and John Whitfield must be resentenced because a federal appeals court vacated their bribery convictions in 2009. The appeals court upheld other convictions, including honest services fraud convictions against each of the men and Minor’s racketeering conviction.

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Wingate is considering motions to vacate the remaining convictions because higher courts have limited the scope of honest services fraud.