January 22, 2013
Lawyers for convicted killer George Huguely are appealing the former UVa student's verdict and asking for a new trial.
Huguely’s attorneys are that there were many missteps that ultimately led to their client’s conviction in the death of ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love.
Tuesday’s filing cite “significant constitutional and procedural errors, and therefore says Huguely should get a new trial.
The 56-page report says Judge Edward Hogshire denied Huguely the right to his chosen lawyer, Rhonda Quagliana, when she was sick.
It also claims the jury selection process was flawed and biased against Huguely.
“The legal issues and the ruling Judge Hogshire made are fairly well settled and are on solid ground,” according to defense attorney Scott Goodman. “So it is an uphill climb for Mr. Huguely's lawyers to convince the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court to order a new trial.”
Prosecutors have 30 days to file a response to the appeal.
Huguely's mother, Martha Murphy, released a statement through her lawyers saying,”we have faith in our legal system and look forward to the appeals process ahead. George continues to have the love and support of his family.”
Goodman adds that it could be at least a year before Huguely finds out if he gets a new trial.
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