May 25, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact: Theodore Olson, (202) 955-8500
[Court Filing Attached]
Former Biloxi attorney Paul Minor has filed an appeal of his 2007 conviction with the U.S. Supreme Court. The attached document was filed by Minor’s attorney, former United States Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson-one of the Nation’s premier appellate attorneys and Supreme Court advocates.
Imprisoned since 2006, Mississippi attorney Paul Minor was one of America’s top trial lawyers
when he was convicted in 2007. The prosecution of Minor garnered national attention in 2007
after the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary detailed the Minor prosecution in public hearings and its final report on selective prosecution within the United States Department of Justice. Earlier this year, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned several of Minor’s convictions; his remaining convictions are premised on the “Honest Services” statute-a provision that has been widely criticized as ambiguous and potentially unconstitutional.
Mr. Olson stated, “The open-ended and unclear language of the ‘Honest Services’ statute is inconsistent with the fundamental principle that the public must be able to understand what a
criminal law means. Mr. Minor will ask the Supreme Court to make clear that the vague language
of the ‘Honest Services’ statute cannot be used to criminalize lawful campaign contributions.”
The Minor case raises First Amendment free speech issues concerning campaign contributions
that are similar to the First Amendment issues addressed by the Supreme Court in the Citizens
United decision handed down earlier this year. Mr. Olson and his firm briefed and argued that
case in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Olson has argued 56 cases in the Supreme Court, including Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board and Bush v. Gore, stemming from the 2000 presidential election, and has prevailed in over 75% of those arguments.