Appeals court officially dismisses John Demjanjuk case

CINCINNATI - An appeal that was filed by the estate of an Ohio autoworker convicted of Nazi war crimes and sought to help restore his citizenship posthumously has been officially dismissed by a U.S. appeals court.

John Demjanjuk, of suburban Cleveland, died March 17 in Germany at age 91.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected the citizenship bid in June, upholding a judge's ruling in Cleveland. The appeals panel said Demjanjuk's death made the case moot.

The defense request to the full court to take up the case was denied. The court filed the official dismissal Tuesday.

The defense contended the American government withheld potentially helpful material. The prosecutor rejected that.

The defense did not immediately return a call Wednesday.

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