Reformers seek reversal of past non-unanimous crime verdicts

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Criminal justice reformers say they’ve filed close to 30 petitions to reverse convictions of people found guilty of serious crimes by non-unanimous juries in Louisiana.

And they’ve filed a brief in a pending U.S. Supreme Court case that they hope will result in the reversal of all such cases in the state — an estimated 1,500 to 1,600 of them.

Louisiana voters amended the state constitution last year to outlaw non-unanimous felony convictions. And the U.S. Supreme Court recently said such verdicts were unconstitutional.

But the high court decision doesn’t currently apply in cases where appeals have been exhausted.


Latest News

More News