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No Appeal for Tucker

July 30, 2003  -- Posted at 7:13 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  --Former governor Jim Guy Tucker was turned away by a federal judge in his request for the paperwork necessary to appeal his conviction and sentence in a Whitewater-related fraud case.

Tucker argued that a federal judge was wrong not to set aside the conviction and sentence. Tucker had sought a certificate of appealability that would allow him to appeal to the Eighth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals the June 16th ruling from U-S District Judge George Howard Junior.

 The ex-governor said Howard's decision denied him his constitutional rights. Before moving on to the next stage, he would need the court to certify that he raised and lost Constitution-based claims.

A lawyer for Tucker says he plans to appeal to the Eighth Circuit anyway and let the appeals court decide whether to grant the certificate of appealability.

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