6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Update 8 p.m.: What's Next

Dan Canon, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said the plaintiffs on Thursday were considering their next move—and there will be a next move.

"We are disappointed, and we think the ruling is wrong, but we do not intend to let it go unchallenged," Canon said in an emailed response to questions.

A southern Kentucky evangelical preacher is asking the federal appeals court to strike down the University of Tennessee's requirement for speakers on campus have sponsorship and get the approval of school administrators.

Heath High School shooter Michael Carneal has lost his bid to withdraw a guilty plea after an appeals court ruled he should have sought a new trial sooner. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled today that Carneal was declared competent as early as 2004 and could have challenged the plea then.

A federal appeals court moved a hearing date for Michael Carneal, who was convicted of the 1997 Heath High School shootings. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has moved the hearing from Oct. 10 to Dec. 5. They will decide if Carneal waited too long to withdraw his guilty plea. A federal judge in Paducah ruled last year that Carneal could have acted sooner. Carneal is serving life in prison for killing three Heath High School classmates and wounding five others.  He will be eligible for parole after 25 years.