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NJ rejects 'too fat to kill' appeal

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TRENTON, N.J. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - New Jersey's highest court has ruled against a Florida man who claimed he was too fat to have murdered his son-in-law.

That defense didn't work for Edward Ates, and he was convicted in 2009 of killing his son-in-law in New Jersey four years earlier. But he appealed on the grounds that New Jersey's wiretapping law is unconstitutional.

An appeals court disagreed, and New Jersey's Supreme Court upheld that ruling in a decision published Tuesday.

Ates challenged the ability of New Jersey authorities to secretly record a conversation between him and his sister in Louisiana. Ates was back in Florida at the time.

New Jersey law allows wiretapping phones in other states if the location where the calls were intercepted was in New Jersey.

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