Eradicating the last of Jim Crow Laws
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 947 , Segment 4
Episode: Election Security, Extreme Ironing, Unsavory Truth, Jury Reform in LA
- Nov 20, 2018 10:00 pm
- 18:02 mins
Guest: Thomas Aiello, Associate Professor of History, Valdosta State University. Author of “Jim Crow’s Last Stand: Nonunanimous Criminal Jury Verdicts in Louisiana” The power of juries in America. We know they’re an important part of the criminal justice system. We know that when you get called to jury duty, you have to go. And you probably know that you’re charged with a serious crime, a jury of 12 people will have to come to a unanimous decision in order to convict you. But actually, that’s not true in Oregon. It’s the only state that does not require a unified jury to convict someone of a felony. Louisiana was in the same boat until just a few weeks ago when voters decided to require a unanimous verdict in felony criminal trials.