non-unanimous jury verdicts

In Angola’s Oak 4 dormitory Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling douses hopes

BY: - May 18, 2021

The news spread quickly on Monday from the nation’s highest court to its largest maximum-security prison, the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. That morning, in the case Edwards v. Vannoy, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that its 2020 Ramos v. Louisiana decision — which held that the Sixth Amendment right to a unanimous jury applies […]


Fairness demands new trials for those convicted by split juries, but fairness won’t come without pain

BY: - December 4, 2020

Margaret Washington said Wednesday evening that she wishes she could have listened in as an Orleans Parish jury in 2015 decided the fate of the two men accused in the murder of her daughter, a Dillard University freshman who had just turned 18. “The evidence proves they did it,” Washington said of Marguerite La Joy […]

Courtroom Gavel

Court ruling striking split-jury verdicts should mean the release of inmates convicted that way, their attorneys say

BY: - July 23, 2020

Using the term “Jim Crow juries” to describe the divided panels that sent an untold number of Louisianians to life imprisonment, the Promise of Justice Initiative announced Wednesday that it’s pushing for the retroactive application of an April U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared split juries in felony trials unconstitutional. Between 1898 and 2019, Louisiana allowed […]