|Posted on 8/30/2018 2:56:00 AM.|
The Republican Judiciary PAC is backing a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot that would require unanimous jury verdicts in all criminal cases. It’s yet another conservative organization who’s backing what was legislation that began with one of the Capitol’s most liberal lawmakers. Erath Representative, Republican Blake Miguez says he’s backing the amendment and hopes other right leaning voters will as well.
|Blake Miguez, unanimous jury, law, courts, criminal justice, Louisiana, conservative, 2018|
|Posted on 7/31/2018 7:40:00 AM.|
A statewide coalition has been formed to educate voters about constitutional amendment number two on the November sixth ballot. It would require that felony convictions must be reached with a unanimous jury, instead of the current standard that requires 10 of 12 jurists to agree on a guilty verdict.
|Ed Tarpley, Unanimous Jury, coalition, constitutional amendment|
|Posted on 5/15/2018 10:37:00 AM.|
It was called the “Hail Mary” bill when Senator J.P. Morrell
filed it back in March, but unanimous jury verdicts are a vote of the people
away from becoming reality in Louisiana. At first liberal advocacy groups like
the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center were all for it. Then other groups
like Louisiana Family Forum joined and the District Attorney’s association took
a neutral stand. Morrell says that’s when things began to change.
|unanimous jury, constitutional amendment, Senator J.P. Morrell|
|Posted on 5/14/2018 6:01:00 PM.|
The House erupted into applause as a constitutional amendment requiring unanimous juries for criminal convictions passed on an 82 to 15 vote. Louisiana is currently one of two states that does not require a unanimous jury verdict. Baton Rouge Representative Ted James recalled earlier testimony about the law’s racist past.
|unanimous jury, unanimous verdict, Ted James, Sherman Mack, regular session, Louisiana|
|Posted on 4/4/2018 5:36:00 PM.|
A constitutional amendment requiring unanimous jury verdicts for felony convictions passed the senate by 2 votes after impassioned arguments from supporters. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says requiring unanimous verdicts protects citizens from government overreach.
|unanimous jury, unanimous verdict, JP Morrell, Dan Claitor, regular session, Louisiana|