According to this report in Free Republic, Chai Vang, the Hmong immigrant who gunned down six hunters in Wisconsin back in 2004, requested a judge overturn his conviction based on complaints about statements he made prior to the trial.

Chai Soua Vang, 38, argued his trial judge should have suppressed his statements to police and a news reporter, and challenged whether the evidence supported a guilty verdict and whether the judge properly exercised his sentencing powers. The 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled there were no grounds to challenge his conviction.

Vang’s own attorneys told the court he had no grounds to appeal, but Vang sent eight handwritten documents from prison taking issue with that conclusion. The appeals court still had to review the case.

The appeals court found police read Vang his rights when he was arrested and again before questioning began.

The court also found no basis to throw out the incriminating statements Vang made to a reporter. Police intercepted letters between Vang and the reporter and recorded the conversation.

The appeals court said Vang knew his calls were being recorded and spoke to the reporter over his attorneys’ objections.

An appeals court dismissed all of Vang’s challenges saying they were all meritless.

Tom Remington