Breaking: 5th Circuit Vacates Bribery Convictions for Teel, Minor and Whitfield, Affirms Other Counts

So while this case winds its way to the Supreme Court Teel, Whitfield and Minor get new sentences for the remaining counts.(H/T Bellesouth for the order.)

As to Paul Minor, we REVERSE his conviction for conspiracy to commit federal program bribery under Count Two and his convictions for federal program bribery under Counts Twelve and Fourteen. We AFFIRM his convictions on all other counts. Because of our reversal as to Counts Two, Twelve, and Fourteen, his sentences on all counts are VACATED and the cause as to him is remanded for resentencing on all the remaining counts of conviction.

As to John Whitfield, we REVERSE his conviction for federal program bribery under Count Eleven. We AFFIRM his convictions on all other counts. Because of our reversal as to Count Eleven, his sentences on all counts are VACATED and the cause as to him is remanded for resentencing on all the remaining counts of conviction.

As to Walter Teel, we REVERSE his conviction for conspiracy to commit federal program bribery under Count Two and his conviction for federal program bribery under Count Thirteen. We AFFIRM his convictions on all other counts. Because of our reversal as to Counts Two and Thirteen, his sentences on all counts are VACATED and the cause as to him is remanded for resentencing on all the remaining counts of conviction.

4 thoughts on “Breaking: 5th Circuit Vacates Bribery Convictions for Teel, Minor and Whitfield, Affirms Other Counts”

  1. From the CL:

    On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a case in which questions were raised about the federal honest services statute.

    “A lot of people smarter than me believe there is a consensus on the court that the law is unconstitutional,” McCarty said. “If that’s the case, there’s a possibility the entire case would be vacated.”

    Hiram Eastland Jr. of Greenwood, one of Minor

  2. Belle as you know Nowdy has blogged extensively on the intersection of federal $$$$ as the basis for prosecuting on honest services and in light of today’s opinion from the 5th Circuit I rather suspect her post on the topic will wear well with time, unlike Chapter 4.

    We’ll have more on this as Nowdy deserves to blow her own horn. Though a nonlawyer her blogging on this has been spot on from a legal standpoint and frankly better than anything else written in detail on this case.

    sop

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