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ANALYSIS: La’s non-unanimous jury law: an instrument of legal, political, social oppression

There’s evidence that non-unanimous juries contribute to wrongful convictions, mass incarceration, and the marginalization of women and minorities. The impact is tantamount to a form of gerrymandering in that it dilutes a voting block within the jury. The Sixth Amendment assures an impartial jury and the Framers envisioned that to be a unanimous vote of twelve. It is our collective duty, “with a force that is irresistible, to crumble into ruin this unjust system.” Booker T. Washington did what he could. Will you? […]