Ramos v. Louisiana

Brief of Amicus Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Petitioner.

Brief filed: 06/18/2019


Ramos v. Louisiana

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 18-5924

Prior Decision

Decision below 231 So.3d 44 (La.App. 4 Cir. Nov. 2, 2017)


Non-unanimous juries are fundamentally different and less deliberative than the Sixth Amendment requires. Non-unanimous juries also fundamentally skew the decision of whether to exercise the jury trial right. The pernicious racial origins of the non-unanimity rule further undermine the Sixth Amendment jury trial right.

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Timothy P. O’Toole, Aiysha S. Hussain, and Sarah A. Dowd, Miller & Chevalier Chartered, Washington, DDC; Barbara E. Bergman, NACDL, Tucson, AZ.