Appeal on Illinois murder case to be heard by United States Supreme Court

Appeal on Illinois murder case to be heard by United States Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether an opinion overturning a murder conviction by the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner violated clearly established legal precedent in the process.

On October 1, the Supreme Court voted to review Posner’s opinion that overturned the murder conviction of Lawrence Owens after a bench trial – a conviction that Posner wrote was “nonsense” because the district court based it on evidence that was never introduced.  According to Posner, “there was no factual basis of any sort, in the trial record or elsewhere, for the judge’s finding that Owens knew (the victim), let alone knew or cared that he was a drug dealer. The judge made it up.” To read the full article head to the theABA Journal.

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