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Supreme Court refuses to hear ex-N.O. cop's appeal

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Posted: Mar 28, 2011 2:42 PM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the case against a former New Orleans police officer who was sentenced to death for arranging a woman's murder.

Attorneys for the former officer, Len Davis, asked the court to consider whether prosecutors impermissibly struck black potential jurors on the basis of race during Davis' 1996 trial.

But the Supreme Court refused last week to hear Davis' appeal.

Last year, a federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld Davis' 1996 convictions and 2005 death sentence.

A jury convicted Davis and two others in the October 1994 shooting death of Kim Groves.

Davis has denied he directed a drug dealer, Paul Hardy, to shoot Groves after she filed a brutality
complaint against him.

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