Appeals Court upholds asbestos convictions

Appeals Court upholds asbestos convictions

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By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of two men found guilty of violating federal environmental laws during the demolition of a Chattanooga textile mill that contained large amounts of asbestos.

James Mathis and Donald Fillers were convicted in 2012 over the demolition of the former Standard Coosa Thatcher plant. Prosecutors said the demolition allowed asbestos, which can cause cancer and other fatal diseases, to become airborne.

Fillers was given a four-year prison sentence and fined $20,000, while Mathis was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

In challenging their convictions, both men claim there was insufficient evidence in their case.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled on Monday that there was "ample evidence" to convict the men.

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