Larisa Alexandrovna, the Managing Editor of Investigative News for Raw Story and who regularly reports on intelligence and national security matters has got the scoop on Paul Minor’s having been denied motion being opposed by the government in his motion for an appeal bond to visit his wife.
Paul Minor, a Mississippi trial lawyer famous for taking on big tobacco in the 1990s and now imprisoned on what many consider to be questionable corruption charges, has been denied in his motion for an appeal bond to visit his dying wife.
The primary grounds for denial offered by Justice Department attorneys is that letting Minor visit his wife would present “a danger to the community.” They cite an “incident” when he was found drunk and escorted out of a hotel by security while free on pre-trial bond, after which he was ordered to attend treatment for alcoholism, as well as an occasion when he met with a hurricane expert at a restaurant near his home while he was supposed to be under house arrest.
“The district court previously found that Minor presented a danger to the community based on his alcohol abuse,” they wrote. “There is evidence that supports the district court’s finding that after a lengthy inpatient treatment, Minor defied and tested the court’s condition of pretrial release, which had been tailored to protect the public and prevent him from abusing alcohol.”
“Minor’s unauthorized Sept. 5, 2006 meeting with a hurricane expert at a restaurant serving alcohol not only raised issues concerning his substance abuse problems, it also showed his deception of the court.”
Minor says he met with the hurricane expert to assess damage to his home for insurance purposes after seeking approval from his probation officer and receiving no reply. Court records show that he was out of range of his electronic monitoring device for slightly over four hours.
Minor successfully completed treatment for alcoholism. He says that his drinking was aggravated by the trial and his wife’s cancer.
She has even supplied the government’s response here.
[T]he Justice Department did not contend that Minor was drinking when he met with the hurricane expert, only that the restaurant served alcohol. They argue that his 11-year sentence for bribery gives more credence to their assertion that he is a danger to the community because he could relapse.
Minor has been incarcerated for more than two years during his appeal. For some, he is yet another victim of political prosecution by a politicized Department of Justice. Others bbemoan [sic] his lionization as “pro-convict, pro-bribery rotgut” and say “Minor had a total disregard for the Court.”
“Government prosecutors have chosen to continue the political prosecution of Paul Minor,” Justice Diaz wrote RAW STORY by email Tuesday. “In a case where even the [Justice Department] has raised the question of improprieties, these prosecutors have refused to show compassion for a man whose wife is dying with cancer Instead, the politicization of the criminal justice system is continued by these protégée of Monica Goodling.”
Lampton’s office did not return calls for comment.
Oops, they jumped the gun. I thought I had read it wrong!
Note: In an earlier version of this article, it was stated that the government had denied Mr. Minor’s appeal bond. The editorial error has been corrected. A government motion has simply been entered to oppose the appeal.