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07/29/03

The Indicted Five Will Be In Court Next Week

It will be sometime next week before Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz and four others surrender to Friday, Diaz, his former wife Jennifer, Attorney Paul Minor and two former judges, John Whitfield and Wes Teel were indicted on fraud and bribery charges.

When the indictments were announced late Friday afternoon,  it was expected the five would turn themselves in Monday. Here's why that didn't happen. Most people would think once someone's indicted, they'd have to appear in court right away. But it's not quite that simple. Each of the accused is of course entitled to legal representation. Today a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office in Jackson told me the court is trying to arrange a date when all the attorneys can be in Jackson with their clients to answer the charges.

There's no firm timetable, but the U.S. Attorney's office says it will likely be sometime next week.

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