Jessica Williams Denied New Trial

(Nov. 1) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider a new trial for a woman found guilty of driving under the influence of marijuana in the deaths of six teenagers on a southern Nevada road crew.

The high court agreed with a ruling handed down July 22nd by the Nevada Supreme Court that said former Clark County District Judge Michael Douglas erred in granting the trial. Douglas, who since has been appointed to the Supreme Court, didn't participate in last summer's ruling.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the appeal today without comment. The state Supreme Court agreed with prosecutors who argued that Williams' bid for another trial was procedurally barred because her claim that marijuana metabolite wasn't a prohibited substance should have been raised at her trial or in an earlier appeal.

Attorney John Watkins says he will now take his client's case to federal court in Las Vegas. Williams was convicted of six counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, one count of using a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

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