HJR 10 VOTE:YES – Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/HJR0010
Committee assigned to bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/HJUD/Overview
This bill amends Oregon Constitution to require juries to issue a unanimous verdict in criminal cases. Refers to voters.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
This bill puts Oregon in line with the U.S. Constitution, which requires a unanimous verdict that the US Supreme Court has not upheld. There is one known case of Bradley Holbrook serving six years on a 11-1 conviction before it was overturned. Oregon is the only state allowing less-than-unanimous verdicts.
Critics of the system say it’s tough to understand how a guilty verdict that arises from a 10-2 or 11-1 vote shows that guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt — the standard of proof that the government is held to in a criminal trial.