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03

One Overturned, One Conviction to Stand: Both on Judges Decisions

One Overturned, One Conviction to Stand: Both on Judges Decisions

It is always of interest when a US Supreme Court case decision involves your own state case. The decision for Illinois was the recent case of Rivera v. Illinois. The decision from the Supreme Court was the issue of a defendant not being allowed to use a peremptory challenge during jury selection (or in lawyers language – voir dire). The trial court in Rivera felt the defense was using the peremptory challenge improperly under the Batson case doctrine and did not allow the defense to excuse a juror based on this reasoning.…

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