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Judge Rejects Accused Heroin Dealers Plea to Move Trial Because of All-White Jury



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    MIAMI - FEBRUARY 02: A judges gavel rests on top of a desk in the courtroom of the newly opened Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum February 3, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The museum is located in the only known structure in the nation that was designed, devoted to and operated as a separate station house and municipal court for African-Americans. In September 1944, the first black patrolmen were sworn in as emergency policemen to enforce the law in what was then called the "Central Negro District." The precinct building opened in May 1950 to provide a station house for the black policemen and a courtroom for black judges in which to adjudicate black defendants. The building operated from 1950 until its closing in 1963. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    A federal judge has rejected an accused heroin dealer's request to move his trial because the entire jury pool in Bangor, Maine, was white.

    Myron Crosby Jr. of Springfield, Massachusetts, told the judge he didn't think he could get a fair trial because he's African-American, and the jury is white. The 55-year-old told the judge he'd like to be tried by a jury of his peers in Massachusetts or Connecticut.

    The Bangor Daily News reported that U.S. District Judge John Woodcock told Crosby that no one has ever interpreted ``being tried by a jury of one's peers as being tried by a jury of one's race.''

    The trial began Tuesday. Crosby is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess more than one kilogram of heroin.

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