Attorneys for convicted evangelist again appeal

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorneys for convicted evangelist Tony Alamo are again asking the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear an appeal of a lawsuit alleging he ordered the beatings of 2 young boys in his ministry.

Saturday's filing reiterates the claim that a three-judge panel of the court was wrong to deny Alamo's appeal of faulty jury instructions. The court on Oct. 1 rejected Alamo's request for a hearing before the full court.

Alamo was convicted and ordered to pay $30 million in punitive damages to each of the two. The appeals court reduced the award to $12 million each.

Alamo's attorneys wanted a jury instruction that corporal punishment was reasonable in certain circumstances.

Alamo is serving a 175-year prison sentence for taking young girls across state lines for sex.

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