Appeal denied in slaying of Oprah Winfrey relative

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The Supreme Court refused today to throw out a Chicago man's murder conviction even though a judge seated a juror that his lawyer wanted dismissed.

In a unanimous opinion, the high court refused to reverse the conviction of Michael Rivera, who was found guilty of first degree murder in the shooting death of 16-year-old Marcus Lee and sentenced to 85 years in prison. Lee was a distant relative of talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Rivera's lawyer wanted to use one of his peremptory challenges on a female juror candidate, but a state judge refused to let him do it. The woman, Deloris Gomez, a business office supervisor at Cook County Hospital's outpatient orthopedic clinic, went on to become the jury forewoman.

The Illinois Supreme Court said she should have been dismissed, but that the error was harmless. Rivera's lawyers argued that the seating of an illegal juror should have required an automatic reversal.

"A state trial court's good faith but erroneous denial of a criminal defendant's peremptory challenge, we hold, does not require automatic reversal of the defendant's conviction, provided that all persons seated on the jury are qualified and unbiased," said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the court. - AP

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I wish that some one could start a jobs program to help people who have lost jobs to work until they find a new job. I wonder what the very rich think about hard working families who have lost their jobs and homes? Please do a show on what is going on in America and what can be done.

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