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The Right To A Unanimous Jury Verdict

Does a state court criminal defendant have the right to a unanimous jury decision to convict? In all but one state, Oregon, yes. The Sixth Amendment guarantees a unanimous jury verdict in federal criminal trials. Currently, however, any state could enact a non-unanimous rule. For example, in Oregon, since 1934, a criminal defendant can be…

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Anatomy Of A Felony Criminal Jury Trial

Hollywood has indeed created memorable courtroom dramas: 12 Angry Men; The Verdict; Judgment at Nuremberg; To Kill a Mockingbird; Anatomy of a Murder; A Few Good Men; and my second favorite, My Cousin Vinny. However, in the fictional movies, filmmakers are able to set the environment, pick a portion of the trial on which to…

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The Right to a Unanimous Verdict

          Does a state court criminal defendant have the right to a unanimous jury decision to convict? In all but one state, Oregon, yes. The Sixth Amendment guarantees a unanimous jury verdict in federal criminal trials. Currently, however, any state could enact a non-unanimous rule. For example, in Oregon, since 1934,...