Judge holds Mother’s Day didn’t coerce quick verdict

A convicted felon failed to show the prospect of being sequestered during the Mother’s Day weekend coerced jurors in his case into quickly returning a guilty verdict, a federal judge ruled.In a written opinion this week, U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. declined to vacate Jeffrey Bowers’ conviction on counts under Illinois law that included first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated …

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