Courts Round Up

New York: Ex-NYPD officer loses fight to stay out of prison
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A former New York City policeman has lost a last-minute attempt to stay out of prison following the reinstatement of his murder conviction.

A spokesman for the state Court of Appeals said Thursday that a judge there declined to issue a stay requested by Richard DiGuglielmo (dih-gug-lee-EL’-moh).

DiGuglielmo has been free since a Westchester County judge overturned his conviction in 2008. But the Appellate Division reinstated the conviction last week, ordering him to return to court and surrender.

His surrender was briefly delayed Thursday while a stay was considered.

DiGuglielmo killed Charles Campbell in 1996. Campbell was fighting with the officer’s father, who was angered that Campbell parked at the family deli in Dobbs Ferry and went across the street to a pizzeria.

Milford: Univ. of Mich. grad loses lawsuit over car plate
MILFORD, Mich. (AP) — There’s no constitutional right to a Michigan personalized license plate, even if you’re a passionate University of Michigan graduate.

A federal judge in Detroit has dismissed a lawsuit by an Oakland County man who claimed his rights were violated when the plate on his 2003 Corvette was revoked by the secretary of state.

The state says it simply made a mistake when it allowed lawyer Robert Tuttle of Milford to buy a plate with the block M followed by W-L-V-R-N-E, or wolverine. Someone else already had it.

U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland dismissed the case in a 17-page decision last week. He says Tuttle can’t claim a property interest in a license plate that is controlled by the state.

Arkansas: High court refuses to reopen rural Yell Co. school

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the closure of a small school in rural Yell County, dismissing parents’ claims that their children would be spending excessive time on buses.

The parents argued that closing the Fourche Valley school at Briggsville violated their children’s constitutional right to an adequate and equitable education.