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Jail-bound Pinellas Park child porn convict files emergency appeal

Published Oct. 10, 2013

TAMPA — Michael D. Meister has appealed a federal judge's order sending the cancer patient to jail to await sentencing on a child pornography conviction.

The Pinellas Park business consultant's attorney filed an emergency motion Wednesday night asking the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to grant bail, after U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara in Tampa concluded he did not have jurisdiction to do so.

Defense attorney Michael Rosen wants the judge to suspend his no-bail order until the appeals court rules on whether Meister's blood cancer and poor health should win him freedom, at least until his Dec. 19 sentencing.

Lazzara scheduled a hearing for 11:30 a.m. today.

Meanwhile, Meister, 57, is under orders to surrender to marshals by noon. He was convicted Sept. 23 of child porn possession and distribution and faces at least five years in prison.

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