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2016 White Marlin Open Winner Files Appeal

Posted: 08/04/2017 08:02:00 -04:00 Updated:

OCEAN CITY, Md.- 2016's White Marlin Open winner Phillip Heasley filed a notice of appeal Wednesday of a judge's June decision in the case that lost him $2.8 million. 

Heasley, who caught the 76.8 white marlin in last year's tournament, has appealed federal judge Richard Bennett's ruling. 

Heasley referred to the Bennett's ruling as "fundamentally wrong." 

Heasley said, "For the first time in my life, my integrity and honesty have been challenged because of a polygraph test." 

The appeal will focus on two key elements:

- The time the lines went into the water 
- The polygraph tests, which Heasley's lawyers say are generally not admissible in court 

Lawyer Joseph Moore, who represents the White Marlin Open, commented on the appeal and said, "We will represent White Marlin but,we feel confident that judge Bennett's opinion will be upheld." 

This case will be brought to the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Fourth Circuit Court in Richmond, Va. 

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