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Minor attorneys argue for leniency

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Imprisoned Mississippi attorney Paul Minor has told a federal judge that prosecutors have not proven that his crimes deserve the harsh penalty sought by the government in his re-sentencing in a judicial bribery case.

U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate has not said when he would set new sentences for Minor and two former judges.

Minor and former Harrison County judges Wes Teel and John Whitfield must be resentenced because a federal appeals court vacated their bribery convictions in 2009. The appeals court upheld other convictions, including honest services fraud against each of the men and racketeering against Minor.

Minor has long said he did nothing wrong. He was sentenced to 11 years.

Teel was sentenced to nearly six years and Whitfield was sentenced to more than nine years.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) AP-NY-06-09-11 1344EDT

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