Supreme Court ruling on split jury verdicts may impact Oregon

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court could hold that Oregon's current split jury verdicts are unconstitutional.

Posted: Aug 26, 2019 6:39 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A retrial in Louisiana is leading the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether or not Oregon's non-unanimous jury verdicts are constitutional. 

Prior to January, Louisiana and Oregon were the only states to allow a split jury verdict in felony trials, with the exception of murder.

Last year Louisiana changed their constitution and removed split jury verdicts, leaving Oregon as the only state in America to allow it. 

In October a convicted Lousiana man will be retried, due to the fact that he was previously convicted by a split jury.

The Supreme Court will make a ruling regarding that trial, which will then have an effect on Oregon's constitution regarding split jury verdicts. 

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