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Court Tosses Conviction Because Jury Didn't Take Oath


A man's conspiracy conviction has been thrown out because a Jackson County jury wasn't sworn-in with an oath commonly used at the start of trials.

The Michigan appeals court says the oath isn't a mere formality. In a 3-0 decision Friday, the court says the oath is required by law, and it assures a defendant that jurors will be impartial.

The appeal was filed by David Allan, who was charged with conspiring with his daughter to commit extortion. Prosecutors said Allan's daughter met a man at a strip club in 2010, had sex with him months later and threatened to accuse him of rape unless he paid money.

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