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Cowger argued that Kendall did make note of the extensive pretrial publicity in his ruling and acted within the bounds of his authority.
Lipscomb's lawyers raised three other issues in his defense, none of which seemed to attract much attention from the appeals judges. It may be months before the judges issue a ruling in the case.
Cowger declined to comment after the hearing except to note that it is generally folly to predict what an appeals panel will do.
Ravkind slipped the legal pad and pen back into his briefcase. "We got all we could have asked for," he said.