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Court Passes on McDonald Case

The Supreme Court decided Monday not to review a public corruption conviction of the son of Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-Calif.), who claimed that California prosecutors had violated his due process rights by intentionally trying to keep blacks off his jury. [IMGCAP(1)]

Roderick Keith McDonald previously served as a municipal official in Los Angeles before being convicted for his part in extortion schemes in 2004.

McDonald, a black man, argued that his trial should have been held in Los Angeles and that by convening a trial in overwhelmingly white Orange County, the U.S. attorney’s office intentionally kept minorities off his jury.

— John McArdle