Appeal for en banc hearing in O'Laughlin case denied

This just in from Advocates for the Wrongfully Convicted:

The US First Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the Commonwealth of Massachusetts appeal for an en banc hearing. This means that the decision by the 3-judge panel that reversed Michael O'Laughlin's conviction on June 11, 2009 remains intact. The only option left for the Commonwealth is for the Attorney Generals office to file a petition for writ of cert to the US Supreme Court, and we believe they will. We expect the Commonwealth will move to stay the order (keeping Michael in prison) while the writ of cert to the US Supreme Court is pending. Michael's lawyer will file a motion for release and try to obtain bail for Michael so he can be released from prison.