Bank fraud conviction of former Michigan basketball star Rumeal Robinson upheld
An appellate court has upheld the conviction of former University of Michigan basketball star Rumeal Robinson for bank bribery and wire fraud, the Des Moines Register reported.
Robinson sought to have the conviction and sentence overturned because U.S. District Judge Ronald Longstaff had refused his request for a change in legal counsel the day of his trial, the newspaper reported. Robinson also claimed the judge had improperly considered Rumeal's lack of contrition in handing down the sentence.
The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected those claims.
Robinson, who is best known for making two clutch free throws to secure the 1989 NCAA championship, played for Michigan from 1987-90 and averaged 14.5 points and 5.8 assists per game.
He is serving a 6 1/2-year term in a South Carolina prison for bank bribery and wire fraud.