Frein files first appeal after conviction

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Convicted murderer Eric Frein filed his first post-sentence motion after his conviction and sentencing.

In his first appeal of his conviction and death sentence for the murder of Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Bryon Dickson during the PSP ambush at the Blooming Grove Barracks in 201. He also critically wounded PSP Corporal Alex Douglass. 

Among the reasons cited in the appeal for overturning the sentence, Frein’s lawyers criticize the trial judge for overruling their objection to the content and length of the victim impact testimony “That testimony was highly emotional, lengthy and overrode any logical reasoned moral decision the jury could make to spare the life of the defendant,” they argue.

The appeal also argues the judge did not allow the Jury the opportunity of considering mitigating circumstances in sentencing Frein to death. “This denial resulted in the Jury’s finding of no mitigating circumstances since Defendant’s mitigation was not a defense or an excuse

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