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Va. man appeals Vt. conviction in same-sex custody

Wednesday - 7/24/2013, 2:40pm  ET

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A Mennonite pastor from Virginia convicted in Vermont of helping a woman flee the country rather than share custody of her daughter with her former lesbian partner is asking an appeals court to overturn his conviction.

In documents filed this week with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, attorneys for Kenneth Miller argued the case should not have been tried in federal court in Burlington because no part of the crime was committed in Vermont.

Miller was convicted last summer of helping Lisa Miller and her now 11-year-old daughter travel from Virginia to Canada and then on to Nicaragua to flee a custody dispute between Lisa Miller and her former partner Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven.

The Millers are not related.

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