Supreme Court Refuses to Review `Norfolk 4' Case

By: Virginia AP Email
By: Virginia AP Email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a former sailor's bid to clear his name in the high-profile "Norfolk Four" case.

The justices rejected Eric Wilson's appeal without comment Monday.

The Jourdanton, Texas, man is one of four ex-sailors who claimed police intimidated them into falsely confessing to a 1997 rape and slaying. In 2009, then-Gov. Tim Kaine granted conditional pardons to the other three men and freed them from prison. Wilson, who was convicted only of rape, had already served his sentence and wasn't eligible.

Wilson could return to court to challenge his conviction only if he remained in custody. Last year, the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Wilson's claim that restraints placed on him by the Virginia and Texas sex offender registration laws amount to custody. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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