Faculty members with Southern University’s Law Center are boosting their efforts to emphasize the importance of voting during the mid-term elections. They also held an hour long discussion on research behind Louisiana’s non-unanimous jury amendment.
Louisiana is one of only two states where juries can convict by non-unanimous decisions with ten people. She said the state’s split jury law was adopted in 1898 which was a time when African Americans faced oppression on a daily basis.
“We are a civil law jurisdiction,” said Dr. Angela Allen-Bell. “The only one in the United States.”
As the mid-term election is a week away, former Congressman Cleo fields, Professor Allen-Bell, and other local officials are wasting no time educating students on the power of using your voice in the midst of voting season.
Click here to watch Dr. Allen-Bell’s discussion on her latest research.