New Attorneys Named for "Boys Don't Cry" Defendant

LINCOLN (AP) - A federal judge has granted a motion by condemned Nebraska inmate John Lotter to have new attorneys appointed to represent him in his efforts to get off death row. Lotter and a co-defendant were convicted in the 1993 slaying of Teena Brandon, a 21-year-old woman who lived briefly as a man, and two witnesses - a crime that inspired the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry." Lotter has maintained his innocence. U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf last week granted Lotter's request to appoint Rebecca Woodman and Jessica Sutton - both attorneys with the Death Penalty Litigation Clinic in Kansas City, Mo. - as his lawyers in all clemency and post-conviction proceedings.