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Convicted militia leader Cox given more time to file opening appeal brief

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Convicted militia leader Schaeffer Cox has been given more time to file an appeal brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Cox was convicted in 2012 of nine federal charges, including conspiracy to kill federal law enforcement officers. He was sentenced in January 2013 to serve nearly 26 years in prison and gave his notice of appeal shortly thereafter.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1vkJ5Is ) that Cox had a rocky relationship with his initial appellate attorney. He was allowed to get a new attorney in May.

The delay, granted last week, gives Cox and his attorney until Dec. 29 to file their opening briefs. Prosecutors will have until Jan. 28 to respond.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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