Attorney Hospitalization Postpones Senser Arguments

Created: 04/18/2013 4:05 PM By: Mark Albert

Oral arguments in the appeal of Amy Senser will be postponed one week due to the hospitalization of one of the attorneys.

Lee Barry, the appellate attorney for the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, which successfully prosecuted Senser, has been hospitalized "for a heart condition," said spokesman Chuck Laszewski," but was to be released shortly.

The County Attorney's Office had asked for a longer postponement, but in an order issued Thursday and signed by the presiding judge of the three-judge panel, Kevin Ross, the April 24, 2013 hearing was rescheduled for May 1, 2013.

The order states that the county attorney "has shown good cause for rescheduling," without elaborating further.

The new hearing date will be nearly a year to the day since a Hennepin County jury convicted Senser on May 3, 2012 of the hit and run death of Minneapolis chef Anousone Phanthavong on a freeway off-ramp.

Senser, 46, is currently serving about three and a half years at the state women's prison in Shakopee and is due to leave on supervised release Oct. 20, 2014.