The Supreme Court will hear non-unanimous jury verdicts in opening session

Evangelisto Ramos case to be heard by justices

Thomas Perumean
October 07, 2019 - 5:47 am

Three years ago Evangelisto Ramos was found guilty on a 10-2 verdict before a jury in Louisiana, one of only two states left in the union that allow split verdicts.  

In the opening session of the U.S. Supreme Court justices will hear arguments whether to allow Louisiana require unanimous verdicts moving forward from 2019 or potentially have re-prosecute cases previous to 2019 decided on split verdicts, despite the 10-2 requirement in place since 1973.

But split vote non-unanimity is not without its supporters.  At least 13 states are supporting Attorney General Jeff Landry's defense of Louisiana's split vote law.  

Landry's brief says the Sixth Amendment is not a guarantee that votes must be unanimous.  

The Supreme Court has had at least two dozen previous opportunities to hear arguments on Louisiana and declined.  

The Times-Picayune/Advocate says the fates of scores of prisoners convicted on split juries in Louisiana and Oregon are at fate.  

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