Updated: September 3, 2013 7:42AM
Former Lake County coroner Thomas Philpot has lost another attempt to stay out of federal prison on bond while awaiting the result of his appeal of his criminal conviction.
The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied Philpot’s request in an order Thursday.
Philpot had asked the court, which is hearing his appeal, in July to let him out of the Federal Correctional Institution in Milan, Mich., where he is serving an 18-month sentence.
His attorney, Leonard Goodman, said in the request that Philpot had remained out on bond for two years before his trial last summer and never broke any of the rules.
He also pointed to the short sentence, which Philpot started serving in March, and the fact that federal attorneys have still not filed their brief in the appeals case. A hearing date must follow the filing of the briefs, and the 7th Circuit can then take several months to issue a ruling.
Philpot’s request says it is possible he might serve his entire sentence before the 7th Circuit rules, and that he thinks it is likely the case will at least be remanded for resentencing.
Philpot had previously appealed to U.S. District Judge James Moody, who oversaw his trial, to let him remain free on bond, but Moody denied the request.
A federal jury in Hammond found Philpot guilty last year of paying himself annual bonuses from a fund used to pay county employees who help collect child support. Indiana law prevents elected officials from increasing their salary without permission of the fiduciary body, and several Lake County Council members testified at his trial that the council never approved the bonuses.