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ABA Amicus Brief Backs Unanimous Verdicts In Criminal Cases

Publication Date: 
January 03, 2011
ABA Journal
Debra Cassens Weiss

The ABA Journal mentions the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic for its involvement in the appeal of a Louisiana inmate convicted of attempted second-degree murder. Here is the story:

The ABA is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a 1972 opinion that upheld nonunanimous jury verdicts in state criminal cases.

The ABA is asking the Supreme Court to accept the appeal of Louisiana inmate Troy Barbour, convicted of attempted second-degree murder for shooting his employer during a quarrel. Jurors voted to convict Barbour by a 10-2 vote, according to the cert petition (PDF) filed by the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. The ABA brief (PDF) points out its revised Criminal Justice Standards no longer support nonunanimous verdicts in criminal cases, according to The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times and an ABA news release.