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A state Supreme Court case could decide the future for hundreds convicted by non-unanimous juries

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Nick Chrastil
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The Lens
Steps of Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans

Louisiana law once permitted defendants to be found guilty in criminal cases by non-unanimous juries. While this Jim Crow-era law was struck down by voters in 2019, the ruling only applied to cases still on direct appeal.

But now that might change. Criminal Justice reporter for The Lens, Nick Chrastil, tells us about an upcoming state Supreme Court case that might decide whether the 2019 ruling is retroactive, impacting 1,500 Louisiana inmates.

Earlier this week, New Orleans officials lifted the city’s indoor mask mandates for most businesses. WWNO’s metro reporter Carly Berlin tells us what we need to know about the new masking guidelines.

After a 2-year hiatus, marching bands returned to the streets of New Orleans for Mardi Gras parades. WWNO’s education reporter Aubri Juhasz interviewed student musicians and band directors at two high schools, Warren Easton in Mid-City, and Frederick A. Douglass in the Ninth Ward.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Alana Schreiber. Our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz and our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubrey Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

Louisiana Considered is made possible with support from our listeners. Thank you!

Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.