Highest Court Rejects Unusual Appeal

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from Azikiwe Kambule, a South African man who wanted to withdraw his guilty plea and stand trial in a much-publicized 1996 Jackson, Miss., carjack-murder case.

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Tuesday led stand a Mississippi court's rejection last year of Kambule's argument that his plea was involuntary because he did not have a good understanding about the legal proceeding.

Kambule was a teenager in 1996. He argued in court documents that he knew nothing of the U.S. justice system when he entered into a deal in 1997 to plead guilty to charges in the death of social worker Pamela McGill and to accept a 35-year sentence.

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