Yesterday, the citizens of Louisiana voted to end the practice of non-unanimous juries in felony cases. Amendment 2 requires a unanimous verdict of a 12-member jury for felony convictions. Current law allows a conviction even though two of 12 jurors believe there is reasonable doubt of a defendant’s guilt.
“We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.” Those are the words of the late Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday at the age of 76 of pancreatic cancer. She was many things to many people – a