Mississippi newspapers are reporting that stiff sentences are expected for attorney Paul Minor and former judges John Whitfield and Wes Teel.
The Biloxi Sun-Herald reports that rulings by U.S. District Judge Henry Wingfield indicate Minor might receive up to 12 years for his conviction on various corruption charges. Sentences are expected to be handed down by the end of this week.
Charges in the Minor case were similar to those in the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. And the Minor case involved charges of judicial corruption in a Deep South state, which means it is of great interest here at Legal Schnauzer.
Twelve years of prison for Paul Minor and former Judge John Whitfield are not enough. Judicial bribery slices the heart out of our nation's trust in its government. For far too long, the rich and influential and been protected under the law. No wonder so many of our youth are so disillusioned and lawless.
Pierre Proudhon was right when he wrote: "Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of the government."
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