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Federal court hears Lisa Jo Chamberlin's appeal for two murders

FORREST COUNTY (WLBT) -

A lawyer for the state of Mississippi says there is no evidence prosecutors discriminated when picking the jury that eventually convicted Lisa Jo Chamberlin of the grisly 2004 murders of two people whose bodies were found in a freezer.
           
The arguments came during a hearing, Tuesday, at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
           
Mississippi is seeking to overturn a judge's order last year, finding discrimination in picking the jury that convicted Chamberlin and ordering her release.
           
Chamberlin was convicted in 2006 for the murders.
           
Cameron Benton, arguing for the state, said there was no "clear and convincing evidence" that discrimination occurred.
           
Chamberlin's lawyers pushed the court to uphold the ruling, saying such potential discrimination is not a "small issue."

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