SCOTUS hearing arguments on Louisiana non-unanimous verdicts

State News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that could overturn convictions for hundreds of Louisiana inmates.

The case will determine whether to retroactively apply a decision barring non-unanimous jury convictions.

Louisiana State Solicitor General Liz Murrill is arguing against throwing out those convictions. The Supreme Court outlawed non-unanimous verdicts in April.

A recent report from the New Orleans based group Promise of Justice Initiative” says more than 1,500 current state inmates were convicted by non-unanimous juries.

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