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Mississippi: Final prosecution witness in bribery trial

AP reports: Federal prosecutors in Mississippi's judicial bribery case put on a final witness Tuesday to guide a jury through the myriad of checks and loan documents key to the case against a prominent lawyer and a member of the state Supreme Court.

Gulf Coast attorney Paul Minor is accused of providing cash, loans and gifts to state Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr., former Circuit Judge John Whitfield and former Chancery Judge Wes Teel in exchange for favorable decisions. All four have pleaded innocent to bribery and fraud charges, and Minor has pleaded innocent to an additional count of racketeering.

On Tuesday, Kim Mitchell, a financial analyst with the U.S. attorney's office, began her testimony with the financial transactions involving Whitfield.

Past testimony and records have shown that Minor guaranteed two loans for Whitfield in the amounts of $40,000 and $100,000. One was for campaign expenses and the other was for a down payment on a home, according to testimony. -- AP Wire | 07/12/2005 | Prosecution calls final witness in judicial bribery case