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Wrigley wants to handle Alfonso Rodriguez death penalty appeal before leaving post

FARGO - The Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. death penalty appeal arguments are scheduled to soon take place, and U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley wants a role in them.

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FARGO - The Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. death penalty appeal arguments are scheduled to soon take place, and U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley wants a role in them.

Wrigley has pitched a departure plan from his appointed position that would allow him to participate in some of the initial appeals and put the government's case against Rodriguez "in the strongest possible position and ensure that it can withstand what we know is going to be a hotly contested and somewhat lengthy appeals process going forward," he told The Forum today.

Wrigley has met in Washington with the chiefs of staff of U.S. Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad to thank them for their support and pitch the departure timeline.

"I recognize that I'm not going to be reappointed as U.S. attorney," Wrigley said.

His proposed timeline would allow him to participate in arguments before the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and also let him handle the steps after that court issues its decision.

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A date for the arguments has not yet been set, but Wrigley said he believes they could be in either January or February.

Rodriguez was sentenced to death following a 2006 trial for the 2003 kidnapping and murder of Dru Sjodin.

For more on this story, see Friday's Forum.

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