The three-judge panel rejected the argument of animal rights attorney David Blatte that Hera didn’t get a fair hearing before she was sentenced to death.

Blatte had argued that the administrative hearing lacked impartiality because police Sgt. William Herndon conducted the session while fellow officers were investigating Hera’s caretakers – attorneys Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller – regarding their alleged role in Whipple’s death.

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