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Court: Leniency request starts appeal clock


   WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court says a convicted criminal's decision to ask for leniency cannot be used to extend the deadline inmates have to appeal their conviction to the federal courts.
   The high court on Monday ruled against Khalil Kholi, who wants to appeal his 1993 conviction for first-degree sexual assault against two girls.
   In 1996, Kholi asked for a sentence reduction in Rhode Island courts; it was denied. After his state appeals were finished, he went to federal court in 2007. A federal judge threw out his appeal, saying the deadline to file federal appeals had passed because the request for sentence reduction cannot be used to ask for an extension.
   A federal appeals court overturned that ruling, but the Supreme Court says it was right.
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