2 appeal cyberstalking convictions that led to life terms

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Posted: Feb 07, 2018 4:10 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for a brother and sister sentenced to life in prison on cyberstalking charges related to the shooting death of the brother's ex-wife say the convictions should not stand.

Attorneys for David Matusiewicz and Amy Gonzalez on Wednesday told a panel of federal appeals judges in Philadelphia the conviction violates freedom of speech rules.

Matusiewicz, Gonzalez and their mother were given life sentences on conspiracy and cyberstalking charges after Matusiewicz's father fatally shot his son's ex-wife inside a Delaware courthouse amid a bitter custody battle.

Authorities say the family engaged in a three-year campaign of tormenting and stalking the ex-wife in an effort to regain custody of the three children she had with Matusiewicz.

Matusiewicz's father killed himself after the fatal shooting. His mother died in prison.