The New York Times: When Jurors Are Silenced

By The New York Times Editorial Board How many jurors does it take to deliver a guilty verdict? In 48 states, the answer is simple: All of them. Juries in felony cases must agree unanimously in order to convict. The rule is the same in federal trials, and for good reason. It reflects the centuries-old …

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Louisiana budget could put juvenile offenders at risk | Opinion

Opinion by J.P. Morrell | NOLA.com Seventeen-year-old kids cannot vote, enlist in the military or sign a contract. However, if they are arrested in Louisiana, they are automatically prosecuted as adults. We have the dubious distinction of being one of the only states with this practice. Two years ago, I authored a bill to remedy …

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MORRELL CALLS FOR COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW, TOWN HALL ON FLOODING

In the wake of a large scale flooding during last night’s rain event, Senator JP Morrell is setting up a town hall meeting to brief the public on state hurricane preparedness and the status of local flood control structures. “The flooding that took place throughout New Orleans yesterday was unprecedented in its breadth and scope. …

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Bill to Raise the Age heads to governor

By Lex Talamo | The Shreveport Times A bill that aims to raise the age of prosecuting an individual as an adult is headed to the governor’s desk for signature. SB 324, proposed by Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, on Sunday passed through the Senateby a vote of 33-4. The bill passed through the House June 2 with a …

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Bill to create separate seating in courtrooms for domestic abuse victims heads to House

Quint Forgey | The Advertiser BATON ROUGE — Following the uncontested approval of Senate Bill 320 in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, domestic violence victims are another step closer to having special seating — separate from alleged abusers — in state courtrooms. Authored by Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, the measure provides for designated seating for the …

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