Voters Likely To Get Say On Unanimous Verdicts

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Barring a thumbs-down review by the Senate of an amendment made to legislation by the House Monday, Louisiana voters will decide this fall whether to change the state constitution to require unanimous jury verdicts in all felony trials.

It's something already required in capital cases.

Otherwise, it takes only a ten to twelve vote to convict, a leftover legal matter written into the constitution 120 years ago and seen today as overtly racist.

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