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A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Monday on veteran defense attorney Robert Simels’ motion for bail pending appeal. Simels was convicted in August of conspiring to bribe and threaten witnesses on behalf of a client, drug kingpin Shaheed Khan. Last month, Eastern District of New York Judge John Gleeson sentenced Simels to 14 years in federal prison and denied his motion for bail, ordering him to report to prison this Friday, Jan. 8. Simels appealed.

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