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Still no ruling on Andrea Sneiderman's bond request

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

As of Friday night, a judge still had not ruled on whether Andrea Sneiderman can be released on bond while she appeals her perjury conviction.

Sneiderman went before a DeKalb County judge Thursday asking him to let her out of prison.

A jury convicted Andrea Sneiderman in August of lying about her relationship with her husband's killer. Hemy Neuman, Sneiderman's former boss, is serving a life sentence for the murder of Rusty Sneiderman.

Judge Gregory Adams sentenced Andrea Sneiderman to five years in prison, minus the one year she had already served.

Andrea Sneiderman's attorney Brian Steele said she's a loving mother and should be released on bond while she appeals her case.

A legal expert who spoke with CBS Atlanta News agreed.

"She was convicted of lying about an alleged affair. That's it," said former prosecutor Ken Hodges. "You name one other person who's in prison for me on that right now and I'd be shocked if you could do it."

Steele said his client will not flee, and that she is not a danger to the community.

Andrea Sneiderman wiped away tears as her lawyer described how she is a devoted mother - visiting with her children regularly and reading books to them over the phone.  A crowd of friends and family stood up to show their support for her in court.

"The judge isn't going to decide the case and say he's doing it because he feels bad that she's got children and needs to be home to them," said Amy Weil, a former prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's office. "That's not what the factors are, that's probably not what the judge is going to consider."

Prosecutor Anna Cross asked the judge to keep Sneiderman in prison, calling her a flight risk.

"She does not feel bound by the rules that apply to everyone else," Cross said.

Adams must decide if Sneiderman will be a danger in the community or intimidate witnesses. He said he'll review the arguments and then make a decision. He did not give a timetable for when he would reveal his ruling.

On Wednesday, Andrea Sneiderman has reached a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit against her.

Rusty Sneiderman's brother filed the wrongful death suit last year saying he wanted to protect the interest of Rusty's children. Details of the settlement are not being released.

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