Supreme Court Declines to Hear Rushing Appeal

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition from a Meridian man, who wanted a new trial on claims that a woman recanted her testimony that he raped her.

The Supreme Court Tuesday upheld a Mississippi federal court decision in 2008 in which James Rushing, Jr., was denied a certificate of appealability.

In COAs, an inmate argues that he has found new evidence, or a possible constitutional issue, that could persuade a court to order a new trial.

Rushing was denied a similar petition by the Mississippi courts in 2003 and 2004.

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