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Wisconsin Senate takes up bill ending six-person juries in most cases

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state Senate will act Tuesday on a bill to end six-person juries in misdemeanor criminal trials, unless a judge and both sides agree to it.

The bill reflects a State Supreme Court decision from 1998, which said a law that provides six-person juries for misdemeanor cases goes against a constitutional requirement for 12-person juries.

The state Assembly passed the measure last month.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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