TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Imprisoned evangelist Tony Alamo says he should get a new trial on sex-with-young-girls charges because his sentencing was tainted by religious views of the federal judge who presided in the case.
Court documents were filed late last week by Alamo (uh-LAW'-moh) lawyers John Wesley Hall Jr. of Little Rock and Don Ervin of Houston. The documents claim that statements by U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes at sentencing show that the judge "imposed his own sense of religiosity" when he gave Alamo the maximum sentence on each of 10 counts listed in an indictment accusing him of taking young girls across state lines for sex.
Barnes sentenced Alamo to 175 years in prison. Alamo is serving his sentence at a federal prison in Tucson, Ariz.