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Sleepy Juror Doesn’t Overturn Conviction

CHICAGO (CN) - A sleepy juror did not convince the Illinois Appellate Court to overturn the conviction of a Chicago man who helped a co-worker murder their boss in 1983.

Claiming the napping juror robbed him of a fair trial, Daniel Escobedo filed a post-conviction petition that the circuit dismissed as "frivolous and patently without merit." Escobedo failed to notify the court that one of the jurors was asleep and, even if he had, that would not have affected the outcome of the trial, the court ruled. See ruling in People v. Escobedo.

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