An update on the sentencing in Mississippi of attorney Paul Minor and former judges Wes Teel and John Whitfield.
The sentencing hearing started last Thursday and was expected to wrap up by the end of the week. But now it looks like it will go well into next week, with a decision perhaps not coming until Friday. The hearing evidently bogged down on issues related to the assets of Minor, Teel, and Whitfield, who were convicted in March on federal corruption charges.
Once the sentences are handed down, we will provide an analysis of the Minor case. While Mississippi has nonpartisan judicial elections, all of the defendants in the case are clearly Democrats who are supported by trial lawyers and consumer groups. They were prosecuted by a Bush Justice Department, led by Republicans who tend to favor business interests.
Since the mid 1990s, Mississippi and Alabama have formed a virtual Ground Zero in the national battle between trial lawyers/consumer groups and business interests for control of state courts.
We will show you numerous connections between the Minor case and the prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman. And we will contrast the DOJ's response to alleged wrongdoing by Democrat judges and lawyers in Mississippi to its response to clear wrongdoing in our Legal Schnauzer case by Republican judges and lawyers in Alabama.