A federal appellate panel Friday reversed the bribery convictions of former trial attorney Paul Minor of Biloxi, Miss., and former Mississippi court Judges John Whitfield and Wes Teel.

The three men, currently in federal prison, were convicted in April 2007 on multiple counts of bribery and honest services fraud stemming from two separate schemes in which Minor arranged, guaranteed and eventually paid off loans for Whitfield and Teel, allegedly in order to corruptly influence the outcome of cases Minor filed in their courts.

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