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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Motion for Review in U.S.A. v. Whitfield
I got this yesterday, but didn't get a chance to post it until today. Jackson attorney Melissa Selman Martin has filed a Motion for Review of the District Court's Denial of Release Pending Appeal on behalf of former Circuit Judge John Whitfield, who was convicted along with Paul Minor and former Chancellor Wes Teel in a judicial bribery prosecution. The appeal seems to have garnered considerable attention from the 5th Circuit, which has twice asked for supplemental briefing. The language of the Motion is fairly strident, and may not rub Judge Wingate the right way. We'll see. There's a good synopsis of the Minor-Diaz-Whitfield-Teel matter at the start of the Motion, and a well-developed section on the law surrounding release pending appeal in federal cases.