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Bid to restore conviction in threat case fought

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 2:40 p.m.CDT

EDWARDSVILLE (AP) — Attorneys for an aspiring rapper are asking the Illinois Supreme Court to uphold a lower court's tossing out their client's conviction of attempting to make a terroristic threat.

The filing on behalf of Olutosin Oduwole (oh-loo-TOH'-sihn oh-DOO'-wawl-ee) comes more than a month after he was ordered freed by a state appellate court from a five-year prison sentence.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is appealing that overthrown conviction on behalf of Madison County prosecutors. That's where he was convicted in 2011 of trying to threaten a murderous college rampage.

Oduwole's attorneys now argue there's no compelling reason for the state's high court to hear the case, and their client's six-year ordeal constituted an abuse of prosecutorial power and a waste of judicial resources.

A message was left with Madison County prosecutors.

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