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Appeals court rejects dozing juror appeal in assault case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court says a former Milwaukee correctional officer was properly convicted of sexual assault even though he claimed one of his jurors dozed off during his trial.

Prosecutors accused Christopher Jackson in 2009 of sexually assaulting an inmate at the Milwaukee Women’s Correctional Center. A jury convicted him in 2010.

Jackson argued on appeal that a juror fell asleep during his testimony, violating his due process rights. The 1st District Court of Appeals rejected that contention on Tuesday, noting a detective in the courtroom believed the juror was fighting to stay awake and wasn’t actually unconscious.

Jackson’s lawyer, Hans Koesser, declined to comment.

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