The Nevada state attorney general is pointing to conflicting opinions from a federal appeals court panel, and asking for another hearing of the appeal of a Las Vegas socialite dubbed the "black widow" in the 1995 death of her millionaire husband.
Attorney General Adam Laxalt says a three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel was right last September to say Margaret Rudin waited too long to appeal her 2001 conviction in the slaying of real estate businessman Ron Rudin.
Laxalt argues in documents filed March 23 the panel was wrong March 10 to order a federal judge in Las Vegas to re-hear Rudin's bid for a new trial.
Margaret Rudin is 71. Her attorney, Christopher Oram, seeks a new trial on grounds that her trial lawyer botched her case.