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47 Or. L. Rev. 417 (1967-1968)
Should Jury Verdicts Be Unanimous in Criminal Cases

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Should Jury Verdicts
Be Unanimous in Criminal Cases?
Less persuasion of a jury is required to convict a person of a felony
in Oregon than in almost any other state of the Union. Article I, Sec-
tion 11 of the Oregon Constitution provides:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall have the right to public trial...
provided, however, that in the circuit court ten members of the jury may render
a verdict of guilty or not guilty, save and except a verdict of guilty of first degree
murder, which shall be found only by a unanimous verdict and not otherwise.
Every other state except Louisiana' requires a unanimous verdict to
convict a defendant of a felony, although a small minority of states do
allow misdemeanor convictions to be based on nonunanimous jury
1 See LA. CONST. art. 7, sec. 41. But even Louisiana requires a unanimous jury
for more crimes than does Oregon. See LA. CRim. PRO. CODE ANN. art. 782
(West 1966).

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