MARCH 18, 2004 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Federal court papers show a Batesville lawyer convicted in a case against a former state prosecutor has asked to be acquitted of 22 criminal offenses.
Wesley J. "Butch" Ketz, a co-defendant of former prosecutor T.J. Hively of Batesville, made the request in a filing in U.S. District Court.
Ketz was convicted March 9 of racketeering and two counts of mail fraud. The jury deadlocked on 19 counts of money laundering, and Judge George Howard, Jr. declared a mistrial on those counts.
Hively was convicted on racketeering and mail fraud in the case.
Jurors couldn't reach a decision on three counts against a third defendant, bail bondsman Gary Edwards.