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Posted: Monday, November 10, 2008 12:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court declined Monday to take an appeal from a woman convicted of using a fortuneteller to arrange the murder of a teen-ager who spurned her daughter.

The court refused to take that Texas case and another one involving federal jurisdiction in murder-for-hire plots.

Dora Cisneros, the Brownsville wife of a prominent surgeon, had been found guilty of state/">state/">state murder charges in the 18-year-old's death, but the conviction was overturned on appeal.

She was then tried in federal court because prosecutors said the hit men she hired came from Mexico. Cisneros was convicted for using interstate commerce facilities while commissioning Fischer's murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1998.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons she is serving her sentence in Tallahassee, Florida.

In appealing her federal murder-for-hire conviction and life sentence, Cisneros said there was no proof of foreign travel or use of non-American facilities, arguments used to justify federal jurisdiction.

The victim, Joey Fischer, had broken up with Cisneros' daughter in 1992 after the two high school students dated just a few weeks. Cisneros asked her fortuneteller to put a curse on the teen, police said. Later, prosecutors said she asked for the woman's help in having him killed.

This was the second time the Supreme Court turned down an appeal by Cisneros.

For more information on this story, read Tuesday's The Brownsville Herald.

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