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He and some of his fellow district attorneys, however, stopped short of saying that Oregon's system has affected verdicts along racial lines.

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In Oregon nearly four decades later, involving a Jewish suspect that prompted voters in 1934 to adopt the non-unanimous jury system, according to advocates and legal scholars.

Each state's jury systems drew scrutiny last year when lawyers for a man in Louisiana petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review that state's jury law, claiming that such statutes deprive some defendants of equal protection under the law and should be ruled unconstitutional.

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Louisiana's majority verdict system was adopted during the state's 1898 constitutional convention to diminish the influence of black jurors upon verdicts, scholars claim.

 

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"It's beyond embarrassing that this law still exists in Oregon," said David Rogers, executive director for the ACLU of Oregon. "It's nice to finally see some support from district attorneys for change."


Critics in both Oregon and Louisiana have claimed these systems, which no other state has ever used, are remnants from an era when suspicion of nonwhites swirled in the open and discrimination toward racial and religious minorities was endemic to public life.


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The association will also need thousands of signatures from registered voters in Oregon to place any proposed measure on the ballot, which may prove costly.

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Not all of Oregon's 36 district attorneys share that view. Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis said he believes the state's jury system provides more benefit than harm.

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"There's not clear evidence that non-unanimous juries negatively affect minorities," Shirtcliff said. "But it doesn't matter. Even if there's a perception of that, it's just good policy and we need to align ourselves with the rest of the country."