Supreme Court refuses to consider Texas case
Mon, 10 Nov 2008 18:16:06 GMT —
The U.S. Supreme Court declined today to accept the appeal of a woman convicted of using a fortune-teller to arrange the murder of a teen who spurned her daughter.
The justices refused to take the case of Dora Cisneros and another one involving federal jurisdiction in murder-for-hire plots.
Cisneros is the wife of a prominent Brownsville surgeon. She was found guilty of state murder charges in the death of 18-year-old Joey Fischer, but the conviction was overturned on appeal.
She was then tried in federal court because prosecutors said the hit men she hired came from Mexico.
In appealing her federal murder-for-hire conviction and life sentence, Cisneros said there was no proof of foreign travel or use of non-American facilities. Such arguments used to justify federal jurisdiction.
Fischer broke up with Cisneros' daughter in 1992 after the two high school students dated just a few weeks. Police say Cisneros asked her fortune-teller to put a curse on the teen. Later, prosecutors said she asked for the woman's help in having him killed.