Supreme Court takes up non-unanimous juries

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In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a Nebraska county that has to pay a $28 million court judgment to six people wrongfully convicted for a 1985 slaying. The justices on Monday turned away […]

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.

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