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C-Murder attorney claims rapper's trial was unfair

C-Murder attorney claims rapper's trial was unfair

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The attorney for incarcerated rapper C-Murder is taking another step to contest his 2009 murder conviction. 

C-Murder -- born Corey Miller -- is serving a life sentence for the 2002 murder of 16-year-old Steve Thomas at a Louisiana nightclub.  The Times-Picayune of New Orleans says his lawyer, Rachel Conner, has submitted a post-conviction relief application in Gretna, Louisiana's 24th Judicial District Court with the hope of getting the rapper a new trial. 

Conner contends that Miller didn't get a fair trial.  She points to divisions among jury members and pressure by the judge to reach a verdict as reasons why C-Murder was unfairly convicted.  If a judge grants Miller a hearing, Conner will be able to submit evidence supporting her claims. 

C-Murder was originally convicted in 2003, but that ruling was eventually overturned.  In 2009, a second jury voted ten-to-two to convict him.  While Louisiana law allows juries to convict without a unanimous vote, C-Murder appealed his conviction on grounds that the ten-to-two vote was unconstitutional. 

Last year, the conviction became final when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal.  

 

 

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