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Amendments Explained: Louisiana Amendment 2, Unanimous Jury Verdicts for Non-Capitol Felony Cases

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News 10 is your Local Election Headquarters and this morning, we continue our preview of what you will see on a crowded ballot this November.

Today, we examine Proposed Amendment 2.

Here’s what you will see for that Amendment on November 6th:

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Louisiana is one of only two states in the nation that does not require a unanimous jury verdict in felony cases.

This amendment would aim to change that.

“The non-unanimous requirement is a direct outgrowth of the Jim Crow Era in Louisiana. It was a way to bypass, if you will, an African-American or two being on the jury.” said Joshua Stockley, Political Science Professor from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. “A vote for the Second Constitutional Amendment requires an unanimous jury verdict in all felony cases. A vote against the Second Constitutional Amendment keeps the present 10 out of 12 voting in favor of a sentence.”

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