Court won't hear appeal from former Newark mayor

AP News
Posted: Oct 07, 2013 10:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from former Newark, N.J., Mayor Sharpe James.

The high court on Monday refused to hear from James, convicted in 2008 of illegally steering sweetheart land deals to his then-mistress and sentenced to 27 months in federal prison. He was released in the spring of 2010.

James was mayor of New Jersey's largest city from the mid-1980s until 2006. James' appeal focused on a juror at his 2008 trial who failed to disclose that both his parents worked for the city and had been hired by James. But the courts said James could not prove that meant that the juror was biased against him, and the Supreme Court refused to review those rulings.