Fred Miles Thompson argued on appeal that Ralph Erickson, a North Dakota federal judge, had illegally participated in plea negotiations and coerced him to plead guilty in 2012 to gun and drug charges, but last month the appeals judges stood by their district court brother.
Fred Miles Thompson argued on appeal that Ralph Erickson, a North Dakota federal judge, had illegally participated in plea negotiations and coerced him to plead guilty in 2012 to gun and drug charges, but last month the appeals judges stood by their district court brother. File photo by DAVE WALLIS The Associated Press
Fred Miles Thompson argued on appeal that Ralph Erickson, a North Dakota federal judge, had illegally participated in plea negotiations and coerced him to plead guilty in 2012 to gun and drug charges, but last month the appeals judges stood by their district court brother. File photo by DAVE WALLIS The Associated Press

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