Posted: Jan 26, 2010 11:28 AM by Rob Kirkpatrick
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The state Supreme Court won't hear the case
of a white man whose murder conviction was reinstated after a judge
threw it out, ruling that Lafayette Parish discriminated against
blacks on grand juries.
Randolph J. Matthieu is serving a life sentence for shooting
34-year-old Norris Foreman, who worked as a female impersonator in
a bar, in 1982.
Matthieu was convicted in 1987.
In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an Evangeline Parish
case that white people had legal standing to attack convictions
based on the exclusion of black people from grand juries.
State District Judge Jules Edwards threw out Matthieu's
conviction that year. A state appeal court reinstated it last year,
2-1, saying his appeal for post-conviction relief was filed after