[JURIST] An Alabama state appeals court Friday refused to vacate the murder conviction of ex-Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry. Cherry was convicted of the 1963 Klan-related church bombing in Birmingham which killed four black girls. As previously report in JURIST's Paper Chase, Cherry died in prison last month while he was appealing his conviction; his attorney attempted to pursue the appeal under an Alabama law that allows the judge to vacate the conviction if the defendant dies while the conviction is being appealed. The Court of Criminal Appeals stated that since it had already ruled against the appeal the law did not apply in this case. AP has more.