US asks federal appeals court to reconsider case against accused Cuban spies Greg Sampson at 3:15 PM ET
[JURIST] Federal prosecutors in Miami have asked the full US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] to reconsider a decision [JURIST report; PDF opinion] by a three judge panel to throw out the convictions of five accused Cuban spies [advocacy website] for spying for Cuban leader Fidel Castro [Wikipedia profile]. In its August decision that was praised by the Cuban government [JURIST report], the panel found that excessive publicity, community prejudice, and extreme remarks by the prosecution substantially biased the trial against the defendants. The court called for a new trial outside Miami. Although the five accused spies admit being Cuban agents, they said they were spying on anti-Castro exile groups in the United States, not on the US government. AP has more.
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