Josh Gerstein reports:
A federal appeals court has denied a last-ditch reprieve for a journalist sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted in a hacking case.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Thursday denying former Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys’ plea to remain free while he appeals his convictions.
“Appellant has not shown that the appeal raises a substantial question’ of law or fact that is ‘fairly debatable,’ and that ‘if that substantial question is determined favorably to defendant on appeal, that decision is likely to result in reversal or an order for a new trial of all counts on which imprisonment has been imposed,’ or a sentence that does not include a term of imprisonment, or a reduced sentence to a term of imprisonment less than the total of the time already served plus the expected duration of the appeal process,” the order issued by judges Mary Schroeder and Richard Paez said.
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