Former No Limit Records rapper C-Murder will continue to serve out a life sentence behind bars after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal in relation to his 2002 murder case.
Details of the Supreme Court’s decision surfaced online early Tuesday (February 19).
The Supreme Court has passed up another chance to deal with an anomaly of constitutional law that requires federal juries to reach unanimous verdicts in criminal cases, but allows states to make different rules. The court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of the rapper known as C-Murder, who is serving a life sentence for killing a 16-year-old fan in Louisiana. A jury voted 10-2 to convict the rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller. Louisiana and Oregon are the only two states that allow for non-unanimous convictions for some crimes. (US News)
Back in December 2011, Murder received the same fate at the hands of a Louisiana appeals court.
A three-judge panel from the state’s 5th Circuit Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected Miller’s argument that he didn’t get a fair trial. In 2009, a jury convicted Miller of second-degree murder for shooting 16-year-old Steve Thomas during a confrontation at a nightclub. Miller claims the judge who presided over his trial allowed jurors to hear prejudicial and unsubstantiated testimony that he threatened witnesses to the shooting. He also accused prosecutors of systematically eliminating black people from the jury. But the 5th Circuit rejected those arguments. (CBS News)
The incarcerated rap veteran previously spoke on receiving his life sentence and trying to stay upbeat.
“I’m holding up pretty good here at Angola [State prison in Louisiana],” C-Murder wrote in a letter. “I work out regularly and participate in all sports leagues. Of course I hate it, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. Life is short and the time you waste in jail can never be replaced. I’m asking you guys to take heed to my situation and better yourselves to live a positive and productive life.” (All Hip Hop)
The rapper’s brother, Master P, spoke to SOHH four years ago about his legal woes.
“Your image can get you incarcerated and take a lot of things away from you,” P explained. “I think he realizes that right now and he definitely will be fighting an appeal but it takes times. It might take two to three years. He’s innocent from his crimes, everybody knows that but that goes to show you how your image and all the stuff from your past — it makes others think ‘Oh, you know this guy’s name is C-Murder, so he’s guilty.’ They don’t even look at, ‘Oh you wasn’t in the club, you didn’t pull the trigger.’ Man, your image can really describe your life.” (SOHH)