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Alamo claims trial unfair in sex convictions

by The Associated Press | July 21, 2010 at 9:35 a.m.

— Evangelist Tony Alamo has told a federal appeals court that he should get a new trial because having sex with the minors he brought across state lines wasn’t the primary purpose for transporting the girls.

Alamo attorney John Wesley Hall Jr. said Wednesday that no date for oral arguments has yet been set by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Alamo also argues in the brief that U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes was guided by his “own sense of religiosity” in sentencing Alamo to 175 years in prison.

Alamo was convicted last year of 10 counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits taking minors across state lines for sexual purposes.

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