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Supreme Court to Explore Limits of Its Jury Unanimity Ruling

May 4, 2020, 1:54 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review a case that tests the limits of who can benefit from its recent decision holding that the U.S. Constitution’s Sixth Amendment requires unanimous jury verdicts at state court trials, not just federal ones.

State officials warned ahead of their loss in the April 20 ruling in Ramos v. Louisiana that a decision for the criminal defendant in that case would put thousands of convictions at risk.

The extent to which that’s so may be determined next term when the high court considers whether Ramos applies retroactively to cases on federal collateral review.

The case is Edwards v. Vannoy, U.S., No. 19-5807, review granted 5/4/20.

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