My former lawyer and former Judge John Whitfield (bad guys in my true book, Toxic Justice) should have been sentenced to more than a hundred years, according to fed guidelines for their remaining crimes. Federal Judge Henry Wingate reduced their sentences the least possible, after being forced to abide by a recent US Supreme Court decision known as "The Skilling Decision." The USSC decision resulted in vacating (eliminating) Minor and Whitfield's bribery conviction by changing the Webster's definition of "bribery."
Just to let you know only certain people can get away with bribery. Now, cash & gifts thro 3rd party payoffs and expensive perks given to Judges and Politicians in exchange for influence and favors does NOT constitute bribery.
Dictionary editors take note: You must revise the word "bribe" to "bribe >verb dishonestly persuade (someone[except judges and politicians]) to act in one's favor by paying them or giving other inducement."
JACKSON, Miss. -- Former Mississippi attorney Paul Minor was re-sentenced Monday to eight years in prison in a judicial corruption scheme involving two ex-judges, who also were ordered back to federal lock-up.
U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate rejected the men's appeal to be sentenced to time already served in the case. But Minor and former Harrison County judges Wes Teel, 60, and John Whitfield, 48, all will serve less time than when originally sentenced in 2007. All are in prison now.
For CBS news commentary on Skilling decision <http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504564_162-20008770-504564.html