New Orleans move to vacate 22 non-unanimous jury convictions

Disir

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Prosecutors in New Orleans moved Friday to have convictions overturned for 22 people found guilty of felonies by non-unanimous juries, and to review hundreds of other such convictions obtained under a law with roots in the Jim Crow era.

District Attorney Jason Williams, who took office last month after running on a reform platform, announced the move at a news conference outside the criminal courthouse in New Orleans. He was flanked by his staff, criminal justice advocates and Archbishop Gregory Aymond.

Emily Maw, head of the civil rights division of Williams’ office, said five cases being vacated are being reviewed to see whether charges ever should have been filed. Seventeen are being re-prosecuted. However, 16 of the defendants have agreed to plead guilty as charged or to lesser charges, seeking reduction of sentences that would likely have kept them behind bars for life.

“This doesn’t mean that 22 people walked out onto the streets today,” Williams stressed.

That is an interesting development.
 

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And, last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that non-unanimous verdicts were unconstitutional.

Hence all such cases should indeed be thrown out.
 

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