Jim Crow-Era Sentencing Law Closer To Ending

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There's one more legislative step to clear before a new sentencing law can go before voters in Louisiana.

A House committee approved a bill that would require a unanimous verdict to convict someone of any felony in the state.

That's already required in capital murder cases, but in others it takes only ten of 12 jurors to legally convict a defendant, something that's been on the books since the Jim Crow era.

The proposed change has already won Senate approval and will now be considered by the full House.

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