The high court delays ruling on rapper's appeal of murder conviction.
C-Murder's appeal to the United States Supreme Court in his 2002 murder conviction remains unresolved. A ruling on whether or not the highest court in the land would take up the case was expected Monday but has yet to be announced, NOLA.com reports.
C-Murder, born Corey Miller, is appealing his conviction in objection to a Louisiana law that allows guilty verdicts from non-unanimous juries. Only Louisiana and Oregon allow such verdicts. In 2002, Miller was found guilty by a vote of 10-2, with one of the jurors admitting to the judge that she voted under duress.
Miller's lawyers are arguing that non-unanimous convictions are unconstitutional violations of the 6th and 14th amendments. If the Supreme Court hears the case and rules in their favor, it would have a ripple effect on other cases that were decided non-unanimously.
It's not clear why the court has delayed in deciding whether or not to hear Miller's case. Judges could have asked for more time to consider the merits of the case, or they could just be behind schedule. It requires votes from four of the nine judges on the court to accept a case. Less than two percent of cases make it before the court annually.
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