Rivera v. Illinois

Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of petitioner.

Brief filed: 12/12/2008


Rivera v. Illinois

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 07-9995

Prior Decision

Case below 879 N.E.2d 876 (Ill. 2007)

Question Presented

Whether the erroneous denial of a criminal defendant’s peremptory challenge that resulted in a challenged juror’s 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.



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Abigail K. Hemani, Anne E. Railton and Sarah M. Burleson, Goodwin Proctor LLP, New York, NY and Kevin P. Martin, Goodwin Proctor LLP, Boston, MA. On brief: Barbara Bergman, Albuquerque, NM.