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Rivera v. Illinois

Docket No.: 07-9995
Certiorari Granted: Oct 1 2008
Argued: February 23, 2009
Decided: March 31, 2009

PartyNames: Michael Rivera v. Illinois
Petitioner: Michael Rivera
Respondent: Illinois

Court Below: Supreme Court of Illinois

Michael Rivera
v.
Illinois
Question Presented:

Whether the erroneous denial of a criminal defendant's peremptory challenge that resulted in the challenged juror being seated requires automatic reversal of a conviction because it undermines the trial structure for preserving the constitutional right to due process and an impartial jury.

Question:

Does an error in dismissing a defendant's pre-trial motion to dismiss a juror require automatic reversal of conviction because it denies the defendant's right to an impartial jury guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment?

Holding: affirmed
Vote: 9-0
Read RIVERA V. ILLINOIS opinion (PDF)