By Chelsey Wilkins
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal of the rapper C-Murder (born as Chris Miller), who is currently serving a life sentence in prison.
In 2002, C-Murder, a former No Limit Records’ artist, was accused of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for the death of a 16-year-old fan while at a night club in Louisiana. After a not-so-speedy trial, the judge presiding over the case demanded a verdict from the jury. The jury returned with a 10-2 guilty verdict, and the judge sentenced C-Murder to life in prison.
Chris Miller appealed the verdict stating that he had been denied a fair trial. Miller claimed that the prosecutors prevented black people from sitting on the jury, and that the judge allowed “prejudicial and unsubstantiated” testimony. Most importantly, he believed that the presiding judge should have granted a mistrial after the jury could not initially reach a verdict.
Unfortunately for Miller, his case will not be re-opened by the Supreme Court. According to AP via USNews the court “has decided to no longer deal with the issue of constitutional law as it pertains to the requirement of federal juries to reach unanimous verdicts in criminal cases, but allows states to have different rules.” As it turns out, Louisiana and Oregon are the only states that allow for non-unanimous convictions for crimes like second degree murder.
C-Murder’s rap career consists of several solo albums and collaborative projects with TRU, the rapping trio composed of himself and his brothers, Master P and Silkk The Shocker. In 2010, C-Murder presented his latest project entitled Tomorrow, his first body of work released while in prison.