US Supreme Court rules that jury verdicts must be unanimous

The court's 6-3 ruling means a unanimous vote will be needed for jury verdicts— Reuters pic
The court's 6-3 ruling means a unanimous vote will be needed for jury verdicts— Reuters pic

WASHINGTON, April 20 — The Supreme Court today ruled that the US Constitution’s guarantee of trial by jury requires a unanimous verdict in serious crimes, handing a victory to a Louisiana man convicted of a 2014 murder in New Orleans.

The court’s 6-3 ruling means that Evangelisto Ramos, who was convicted on a 10-2 vote of the 2014 murder of Trinece Fedison, whose body was found in a trash can, will likely get a new trial.

Only two of the 50 states, Louisiana and Oregon, have allowed for non-unanimous verdicts. Louisiana updated its law to prohibit non-unanimous verdicts starting last year but that change does not apply retroactively.

Ramos was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. — Reuters

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