Judge will hear Senser's move for a new trial next week

A May 31st court hearing is scheduled for Amy Senser's lawyer to argue that her vehicular homicide conviction should either be overturned or she should be given a new trial. Senser has a July 9th sentencing date.
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A May 31st court hearing is scheduled for Amy Senser's lawyer to argue that her vehicular homicide conviction should either be overturned or she should be given a new trial. Senser has a July 9th sentencing date.

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