Conservatives on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rode to the rescue of one of their own on Thursday, finding that Judge Richard Tallman didn’t botch a bizarre murder-for-hire case in Idaho.

The en banc decision from Judge Carlos Bea reverses an earlier opinion that blasted Tallman for refusing to grant defendant David Hinkson a new trial. The author of that panel opinion, Judge William Fletcher, now writes in dissent.

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