The AP reports tonight that a federal appeals court in Philadelphia has affirmed the convictions of three Glen Ridge athletes involved in sexually assaulting a mentally-handicapped neighbor with a baseball bat in 1989.
Christopher Archer and twin brothers Kevin and Kyle Scherzer, convicted in 1993, have already served their sentences, but appealed their convictions to try to clear their names and stay off New Jersey’s sexual offender registry.
The decision to uphold the conviction was made by a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Whether the case will be appealed further has not been decided.
The Glen Ridge rape case was the subject of a 1997 book by Bernard Lefkowitz, “Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb,” which became a made-for-tv movie.