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Beavers: Jury selection fundamentally flawed

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

CHICAGO – A Chicago Democrat is asking a judge to toss his tax-evasion conviction, arguing that the selection of jurors in the district is fundamentally flawed and resulted in no black men on his jury.

William Beavers' attorneys made that argument in a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Jurors convicted the 78-year-old Cook County commissioner earlier this year for not declaring campaign cash he used to gamble as income.

Beavers is black. His lawyers say a jury of his peers should have included at least a few African-American males. There was one African-American female juror.

The 26-page motion filed late Monday says the district's practice of drawing jury pools randomly from voter registration lists is more likely to exclude African-Americans.

It claims older whites are overrepresented on the lists.

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