New testimony denied in Tom Noe's appeal

Tom Noe suffers another setback in his appeal

The former Maumee coin dealer and GOP fundraiser at the center of a state investment scandal can't gather new testimony in his quest for a new trial.

The Toledo Blade reports a federal judge in Toledo who's considering Tom Noe's appeal said in a ruling this week that she must look only at the existing evidence.

A defense attorney wanted to question a prosecutor in Noe's 2006 trial.

Noe was convicted of stealing from a $50 million rare-coin fund he oversaw for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. He's now serving an 18-year prison term.

In the appeal, defense attorney Rick Kerger says the trial court made errors, including not moving the case out of Toledo. He has said local media subjected Noe to an "unrelenting barrage" of coverage.