Supreme Court says unanimous jury verdicts required in state criminal trials for serious offenses
By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter
(CNN) -- The Supreme Court said Monday that unanimous jury verdicts are required in state criminal trials for serious offenses, handing a victory to criminal defendants including petitioner Evangelisto Ramos, who was convicted of murder in Louisiana on a 10-2 vote.
Ramos argued that Louisiana's non-unanimous jury provision violated his federal constitutional right to trial by jury and that the law had racist roots meant to diminish the votes of minority jurors.
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