UPDATE: Wisconsin governor signs 12-person jury mandate

UPDATED Thursday, March 27, 2014 --- 12:35 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill that erases six-person juries in misdemeanor cases.

The state Supreme Court ruled in 1998 that a state law providing for a six-person jury in misdemeanor cases conflicted with a provision in the Wisconsin Constitution requiring a 12-person jury in all criminal cases.

The bill Walker signed Thursday eliminates the six-person misdemeanor jury and requires a 12-person jury for every criminal case unless the parties involved and a judge agree to a smaller panel.

The measure was among 30 bills that Walker signed privately in Milwaukee.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 11, 2014 --- 1:03 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate has passed a bill that would do away with six-person juries in misdemeanor cases.

The state Supreme Court ruled in 1998 that a state law providing for a six-person jury in misdemeanor cases conflicted with a provision in the Wisconsin Constitution requiring a 12-person jury in all criminal cases.

The bill eliminates the six-person misdemeanor jury and mandates a 12-person jury for every criminal case unless the parties involved and a judge agree to a smaller panel.

The Senate passed the proposal on a voice vote Tuesday with no debate. The Assembly passed it last month. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker. The governor's office has been non-committal on whether he supports the measure.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Sunday, February 9, 2014 --- 6:21 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate is set to pass a bill that would do away with six-person juries in misdemeanor cases.

The state Supreme Court ruled in 1998 that a state law providing for a six-person jury in misdemeanor cases conflicted with a provision in the Wisconsin Constitution requiring a 12-person jury in all criminal cases.

The bill eliminates the six-person misdemeanor jury and mandates a 12-person jury for every criminal case unless the parties involved and a judge agree to a smaller panel.

The Assembly's Law Revision Committee, which is controlled by Republicans, introduced the bill in December. The Assembly passed it last month. The Senate is scheduled to take up on Tuesday. Approval would send the bill on to Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, January 14, 2014 --- 3:36 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would require a 12-person jury in every criminal case.

The state Supreme Court ruled in 1998 that the Wisconsin Constitution requires a 12-person jury in all criminal cases and a law providing for a six-person jury in misdemeanor cases was unconstitutional.

The bill eliminates the six-person misdemeanor jury and sets the 12-person requirement for every criminal case unless the parties involved and a judge agree to reduce the number.

The Assembly's Law Revision Committee, which is controlled by Republicans, introduced the bill. The Assembly passed the measure Tuesday on a voice vote with no debate. It goes next to the state Senate.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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