- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected appeals from former San Antonio husband and wife lawyers convicted nearly a decade ago in an extortion scheme after the wife placed online ads for sex to get back at her cheating husband.

Ted Roberts and his now ex-wife, Mary Roberts, were convicted separately of theft for threatening to sue four men who responded to the ads in 2001. Court records show he initiated the scheme after discovering his wife’s liaisons and that she subsequently joined him in drafting petitions demanding depositions from her paramours. The men instead paid thousands of dollars to keep the affairs quiet.

Bexar County prosecutors charged the couple with theft.

The court Wednesday rejected arguments the Texas theft by coercion law was unconstitutionally overbroad and vague.

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