non·​unan·​i·​mous | \ ˌnän-yu̇-ˈna-nə-məs How to pronounce nonunanimous (audio) \

Definition of nonunanimous

: not characterized by full agreement or unanimity : not unanimous The case … questions whether states can permit nonunanimous juries to recommend the death penalty …— Elyssa Cherney a nonunanimous ruling

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Recent Examples on the Web One other state, Louisiana, had allowed nonunanimous juries until voters there abolished them in 2018. oregonlive, "Hundreds of Oregon’s nonunanimous jury convictions should be reversed, state justice officials say," 14 May 2020 In 2018, voters in Louisiana, the only other state that has allowed nonunanimous juries, rejected their system of split-verdict convictions. oregonlive, "Oregon’s nonunanimous jury system struck down by U.S. Supreme Court," 20 Apr. 2020 Oregon is the last state that allows nonunanimous verdicts in criminal cases. Adam Liptak,, "Supreme Court bans nonunanimous jury verdicts for serious crimes," 20 Apr. 2020 Oregon’s population is about 85 percent white, and most people convicted by nonunanimous juries there are white as well. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "In One State, a Holdout Juror Can’t Block a Conviction. That May Not Last.," 23 Feb. 2020 The Supreme Court is weighing the constitutionality of nonunanimous verdicts, and is expected to hand down a decision as early as this month. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "In One State, a Holdout Juror Can’t Block a Conviction. That May Not Last.," 23 Feb. 2020 Several Oregon lawmakers recently sponsored a resolution calling for a ballot measure to repeal an amendment to the state constitution allowing nonunanimous verdicts. Washington Post, "Oregon AG tells US Supreme Court many convictions at risk," 24 Aug. 2019 Oregon’s distinction as the last state with nonunanimous juries hasn’t sat well with lawmakers., "Oregon House unanimously moves to scrap state’s nonunanimous jury system," 20 June 2019 In addition to the relevancy issue, Ledet wrote that Thomassie's guilty verdict was obtained by a nonunanimous vote of 10-2, and that some statements were inconsistent. Emily Lane,, "January retrial set for ex-NOPD officer accused of raping 7-year-old girl," 12 Dec. 2017

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonunanimous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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