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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 09:39 AM

Supreme Court won't take up case of death row inmate who claims juror discrimination against him for

Source: CNN

Supreme Court won't take up case of death row inmate who claims juror discrimination against him for being gay

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter
Updated 1441 GMT (2241 HKT) April 15, 2019

Washington (CNN) The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up the case of a death row inmate, Charles Rhines, who sought to challenge his sentence based on juror statements that indicated discrimination based on Rhines' homosexuality.

His lawyers argued lower courts have blocked him from making his claims.

Rhines hoped the Supreme Court would allow the normal secrecy of jury deliberations to be pierced when there is an allegation of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Rhines stood for trial in 1993 for the brutal murder of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer. He was found guilty and sentenced to death.

After the guilty verdict, jurors learned that Rhines is gay. While deciding whether to sentence him to life imprisonment or death, they sent the trial judge a note including questions regarding his sexuality.

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