• Mass. court upholds 'Rockefeller' convictions


    BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts appeals court has upheld the kidnapping and assault convictions of the German man who used the name Clark Rockefeller.

    The court Friday rejected several arguments for a new trial from lawyers for Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. They had argued his case was marred by pretrial publicity and that the trial judge allowed improper testimony from a psychiatric expert for the state.

    Gerhartsreiter was convicted in 2009 of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter during a supervised visit in Boston. He was also found guilty of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon for injuries to a social worker overseeing the visit.

    Gerhartsreiter, who also used other identities, was sentenced to four-to-five years in prison.

    Earlier this year, a California judge ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold Gerhartsreiter for trial there in a 1985 slaying.

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