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Court upholds Baumgartner’s conviction

VIENNA (AP) – An Austrian court has rejected an appeal by supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner against a conviction and fine for punching a truck driver.

The case stems from a 2010 incident in Baumgartner’s home city of Salzburg in which a motorist and a Greek truck driver got into an argument. A lower court in April found that Baumgartner took the motorist’s side and hit the truck driver in the face.

Baumgartner denied having hit the truck driver but was fined (EURO)1,500 _ nearly $2,000 _ for bodily harm.

In explaining Tuesday’s ruling Elisabeth Schmidbauer, who headed a three-judge appeals panel, said “there was no self-defense situation” on the part of Baumgartner.

Baumgartner did not attend the hearing in Salzburg. His stratospheric jump last month set a record.

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