US Supreme Court bans nonunanimous jury verdicts in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Under a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Oregon can no longer allow nonunanimous jury convictions. The ruling involved a murder conviction case in Louisiana, but it also applied to Oregon. It was the only state to allow nonunanimous jury convictions after Louisiana voters banned the practice two years ago. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said the state will address the many cases that require review due to the decision. The Oregon District Attorneys Association said the change could make criminal convictions more difficult, but said a hallmark of the justice system is that it should be difficult to take someone’s liberty.