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Senate approves 12-member jury bill

By: Eric Heisig//February 11, 2014//

Senate approves 12-member jury bill

By: Eric Heisig//February 11, 2014//

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The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would mandate 12-member juries for all criminal trials.

The bill, which passed the Assembly last month after it was introduced by the Republican-controlled Law Revision Committee, would do away with a provision that allows a defendant to elect to have six-member juries in misdemeanor cases. It also seeks to bring state law in line with a 1998 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision that declared that same provision unconstitutional.

The bill now heads to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk.

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