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Ex-prosecutors' appeal denied, man cleared of double murder can continue suit against them


UNIONTOWN, Pennsylvania — A federal court has rejected the appeal of two former prosecutors hoping to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit filed by a man who spent nearly a quarter-century in prison before his double-murder conviction was overturned.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1KibNmL ) reports the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected the appeal by ex-Fayette County prosecutors Gerald Solomon and Ralph Warman, who are now senior judges. They had appealed a lower court judge's decision denying them immunity from allegations of wrongful prosecution.

Sixty-three-year-old David Munchinski was convicted in 1986 in the December 1977 shooting deaths of two men at a Bear Rocks cabin.

A federal judge dismissed the convictions in 2011, citing "staggering" prosecutorial violations. Munchinski claims they destroyed a recording of a key witness who had earlier claimed to know nothing about the killings, among other things.

Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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