Supreme Court Rejects C-Murder’s Appeal
The Supreme Court has overlooked the appeal of rapper C-Murder (Corey Miller), who is serving a life sentence in Louisiana.
The court passed up an opportunity to overturn a jury verdict that would see the rapper spend the rest of his life in jail. Miller killed a 16-year-old fan outside a nightclub in Louisiana. A jury voted 10-2 to convict him for the crime.
The basis of Miller’s appeal is a constitutional law wrinkle that okays unanimous jury verdicts in criminal cases, while allowing states to make different rules. According to the Associated Press, Louisiana and Oregon are the only states with non-unanimous convictions for some crimes.
Miller’s lawyers had argued that the non-unanimous jury is inconsistent with the 6th and 14th amendments’ protections for criminal defendants. They also argued that one of the jurors who voted to convict the rapper had acted so under duress.
It would take a miracle for the high court to hear the case. Pollstar is reporting that the court rejected similar appeals asking that they treat state and federal trials equally.
[Hat Tip: Day and a Dream]