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Minor case appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court


JACKSON, MS (WLOX) – WLOX News has confirmed that an attorney representing Paul Minor filed a petition at the United States Supreme Court on Monday, asking that Minor's 2007 conviction be overturned.

The attorney is Theodore Olson, the former United States Solicitor General. He wants the high court to review the judicial corruption case that sent the former lawyer and two judges to prison.

Minor was a prominent tort lawyer before being convicted in 2007 with former Harrison County judges John Whitfield and Wes Teel. Prosecutors said Minor orchestrated a complicated scheme in which he guaranteed loans for the judges, then used cash and third parties to pay off the loans. They allegedly ruled in his favor in civil cases.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tossed bribery charges in December, but upheld most of the convictions. The court in February refused Minor's request for rehearing on remaining counts.  Those counts focus on the "Honest Services" statue, a provision that the defense attorney said were widely criticized as ambiguous and potentially unconstitutional. 

According to Olson, "The open-ended and unclear language of the 'Honest Services' statute is inconsistent with the fundamental principle that the public must be able to understand what a criminal law means.  Mr. Minor will ask the Supreme Court to make clear that the vague language of the 'Honest Services' statute cannot be used to criminalize lawful campaign contributions."

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