The decision is likely to affect dozens of schools where church services are conducted each week on Sunday.
Anderson Alexander had sued the city, claiming he accidentally shot himself in 2002 while leaning back in a faulty chair in Brooklyn’s 73rd Precinct. He retired from the force after undergoing several surgeries.
The court found the judge in Monmouth County did not commit any errors and the sentence given Clement Bilski Jr. was not excessive.
Joseph Bruno’s lawyers made the request with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. The 81-year-old Bruno was sentenced in May to two years in prison for his conviction on two federal fraud counts.
An appeals court has ordered a new trial for Zachary Gibian, who was convicted of killing his stepfather with a samurai sword in 2006.