WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court will consider overturning a criminal conviction by a 10-2 vote in Louisiana.
The justice acted Monday, four months after Louisiana voters amended the state constitution to prohibit non-unanimous verdicts in criminal cases.
Oregon is the only state that still allows them.
The high court also is agreeing Monday to decide whether states can eliminate the so-called insanity defense for criminal defendants without violating the Constitution.
The appeal comes from a Kansas man who has been sentenced to death for killing his estranged wife, their two daughters and the wife’s grandmother.
The cases will be argued in the fall.