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US Supreme Court holds that juries must render unanimous decisions in state criminal cases

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | April 22, 2020

No. 1,641

RAMOS v LOUISIANA https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/18-5924

The US Supreme Court reversed precedent that had approved the long-standing practice in the states of Louisiana and Oregon of criminal convictions with  a 10 – 2 verdict.  The Court held that the Sixth Amendment required this result by the term  “trial by an impartial jury” as understood by the framers.  Pennsylvania is among the 48 states that require unanimity, so it has no impact on our practice.

However, three concurrences and a dissent were filed, indicating a diversity of opinions on how this conclusion should be reached.

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