LSU Manship School News Service
BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers made progress Wednesday toward allowing voters to determine whether felony cases should require unanimous verdicts, a change that supporters say would preserve defendant’s Sixth Amendment rights to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury.
Louisiana is one of two states – joined by Oregon – that allow non-unanimous verdicts to decide the outcome of felony cases. Only 10 votes on a 12-person jury is now required for a conviction.
Members of the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice voted unanimously Wednesday for a bill that would put the referendum