Supreme Court rules in an upcoming case that nonunanimous
jury verdicts are unconstitutional, the state's attorney general has told the court.
decision on the issuance of an arrest
Oregon Should Be Easy: Nonunanimous
Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases Undermine the Credibility of Our Justice System, 95 OR.
Shareholders may act by written consent and the consent is nonunanimous
The lack of unanimity in the 2.3 percent of vote tabulations could have resulted from an explicit nonunanimous
allocation method chosen by a state, or from a so-called faithless elector: one who casts a vote in violation of a state's voting rules.
Some particularly awful state policies have also been eliminated in the past couple of years, like a Florida law that permitted nonunanimous
juries to impose death sentences, and an Alabama rule empowering judges to override a jury's vote for life, even a unanimous one, and impose death.
130, 134, 138 (1979) (invalidating nonunanimous
six-member juries because the "near-uniform judgment of the Nation provides a useful guide in delimiting the line between those jury practices that are constitutionally permissible and those that are not"); Duncan v.
For instance, direct quotations from majority opinions make up about 4.4% of all coverage of nonunanimous
rulings; that percentage increases to 6.6% for unanimous rulings.
"As recently as less than three years ago, and again a little more than two years ago, the Florida Supreme Court upheld nonunanimous
juries in the recommendation of death sentences as constitutional.
cases demonstrates that he votes against the interests of
2014) (resolving problems of which facts the jurors must agree on and of whether different jurors on a nonunanimous
jury can provide support for different issues).
At least eighteen states permit civil juries to have fewer than twelve members, and twenty-seven states permit nonunanimous
civil jury verdicts.