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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Rivera v. Illinois
Citation:556 U.S. 148 (2009)
Rivera (Petitioner) was convicted of murder in Illinois state court. He appeals, challenging the trial court’s rejection of his peremptory challenge to a member of the venire. That member ended up being on the jury and sitting as the foreperson, and the jury found him guilty. That juror met the requirements for jury service, and Rivera did not contend that she was in fact biased against him. Rivera’s counsel observed that most of the jurors already seated were women and said he hoped to have men on the jury as well.
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