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BUREAU CAN'T DROP CHRISTOPHER CASE

A state appeals court will not let the Buffalo Legal Aid Bureau withdraw from the case of Joseph G. Christopher, the .22-caliber killer, even though he refuses to cooperate in the appeal of his most recent conviction.

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Rochester also ordered bureau attorneys to file briefs by Aug. 21 or risk having the court dismiss the appeal of Christopher's 1986 conviction on three counts of manslaughter.

Legal Aid attorneys said Christopher, 34, serving a term of 25 to 75 years at the Clinton Correctional Facility for three fatal shootings in 1980, has refused to talk to attorneys or help prepare the appeal.

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