John Legend Says Louisiana Jury Law Perpetuates White Supremacy

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Singer and songwriter John Legend says Louisiana's non-unanimous jury law perpetuates white supremacy.

Legend is the founder of a criminal-justice reform advocacy group called FreeAmerica, and is working to lower the incarceration rate in Louisiana.

The 120-year-old measure allows people to be convicted of a felony and sent to prison without a unanimous vote by the jury, as minority votes could be discounted.

Legend says even though all parties in the state have endorsed the amendment requiring unanimous jury votes, some district attorneys are fighting back because it makes it easier to get convictions.

Louisiana and Oregon are the only two states that don't require unanimous jury votes.

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