RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals panel in Virginia has denied a former sailor's bid for a hearing to challenge his conviction in the high-profile "Norfolk Four" case.
Eric Wilson of Jourdanton, Texas, is one of the four ex-sailors who claimed police intimidated them into falsely confessing to a 1997 rape and slaying. In 2009, then-Gov. Tim Kaine granted conditional pardons to the other three men and freed them from prison. Wilson, who was convicted only of rape, had already served his sentence and wasn't eligible.
Wilson could return to court to challenge his conviction only if he remained in custody. In a 2-1 ruling Wednesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Wilson's claim that restraints placed on him by the Virginia and Texas sex offender registration laws amount to custody.