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Racial bias involving Utah tribal member won’t go before high court

Racial bias involving Utah tribal member won’t go before high court

By melinda Rogers
The Salt Lake Tribune

Published Oct 13, 2011 02:23PM MDT

An American Indian man convicted of assaulting a federal officer — by jurors who made racist comments about the defendant — has exhausted his appeals options.
The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear the case of Kerry Dean Benally, 39, who was sentenced in June 2010 to 57 months in prison.
Benally’s sentencing came after a three-year delay, because Benally’s conviction was overturned when a judge learned jurors made racially biased comments during deliberations.
The sentence for Benally...

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