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Oregon Supreme Court to determine scope of nonunanimous jury fallout Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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The Oregon Supreme Court is hearing a series of cases Tuesday that deal with nonunanimous juries, as the state grapples to determine the scope of the cases affected by a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling this spring that declared nonunanimous juries unconstitutional.

Five lead cases are before the Oregon Supreme Court. Each deals with a different set of issues surrounding nonunanimous jury verdicts and represent a number of underlying cases.

For example, one case looks at whether just the use of nonunanimous jury instructions violated the Constitution.

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