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Federal court hearing prosecutor misconduct claims

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By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court panel has been told that a 1986 drug conviction should be overturned because two prosecution witnesses now say the prosecutor coerced them to lie in court.

Milton Isaac is on parole on a 1986 life sentence for possessing 21 packets of heroin with intent to distribute the drug.

His attorneys say Isaac wasn't accused of being a drug dealer, but of planning to give the heroin to a friend. They say the distribution allegation rested on testimony from Carolyn Harris and Edgar Barabino, who now say they lied under threats made by the prosecutor.

Judge Edith Jones seemed skeptical that their testimony would have changed the verdict. She called it "pretty small potatoes" compared to other testimony.

Jones was one of three judges on the panel.

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