On April 20, 2020 the United States Supreme Court decided Ramos v. Louisiana, which held that a single juror’s vote to acquit is enough to prevent a conviction. The Court held that this decision applies to all those whose convictions are not yet final, but declined to decide whether said ruling constitutes a watershed rule that would require retroactive application to those whose convictions were final prior to April 20, 2020. #criminaldefenseneworleans
The ruling will affect those convicted in Louisiana and Oregon, the only two states to allow for non-unanimous juries in recent years. Prior to this decision, Louisiana citizen voted to abolish non-unanimous juries that were rooted in Jim Crow era laws.