Several D.A.’s Support Unanimous Jury Constitutional Amendment
Four Louisiana District Attorneys have joined a bipartisan wave of elected officials and political figures to show support for Amendment 2 which will be on the ballot on November 6th.
The measure would require unanimous jury verdicts in felony trials if passed--a requirement in every state but Louisiana and Oregon.
James Stewart Sr., Hillar Moore III, Paul Connick, and Keith Stutes, the district attorneys for Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson and Lafayette parishes were quoted in an article featured in The Advocate.
“I simply think at this point in our history, it’s no longer good for us to be one of only two states that are different than the rest of the nation,” Keith Stutes was quoted as saying in The Advocate.
James Stewart Sr., a former judge, said the amendment was an opportunity "to be on the right side of history."
Six other DAs have previously said they support Amendment 2. They include: Charles Riddle, the district attorney for Avoyelles Parish; Bradley Burget, the district attorney for Concordia and Catahoula parishes; Joel Chaisson, the district attorney for St. Charles Parish; Perry Nicosia, the district attorney for St. Bernard Parish; Michael Cassidy, the district attorney of Jefferson Davis Parish; and Sam D’Aquilla, the district attorney for East and West Feliciana parishes.
The DAs support for unanimous jury verdicts is the latest in a wave of bipartisan support that has yet to face any formal opposition in Louisiana.
Election Day, where Amendment 2 will be on the ballot, is November 6. Early voting in Louisiana begins October 23 and runs through the 30th.