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.