Prosecutor moves to vacate 22 non-unanimous jury convictions

Louisiana News

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The new district attorney in New Orleans says his office has agreed to vacate 22 convictions for people found guilty by non-unanimous juries.

And his office will “methodically and efficiently” review other such cases, which likely number more than 300. Louisiana voters outlawed such verdicts beginning in 2019.

The U.S. Supreme Court last year also ruled that they were unconstitutional. But the high court hasn’t yet decided if that applies to all past cases.

Jason Williams called a news conference Friday to announce plans to review all applications seeking court relief for people convicted by 10-2 or 11-1 jury votes under a law with roots in the Jim Crow era.

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