Lawyers for millionaire murderer John E. du Pont are urging a federal appeals court to order hearings on the issue of whether the defense lawyers in his 1997 trial effectively botched the defense by failing to focus on du Pont’s use of a Bulgarian prescription drug that may have exacerbated his mental illness.

Du Pont received a setback last week when a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced that it will not hear oral arguments in the case.

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