Published on: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari review in Edwards v. Vannoy, No. 19-5807 (May. 4, 2020) (cert. granted), to decide whether its recent decision in Ramos v. Lousiana, No. 18-5924 (Apr. 20, 2020), applies retroactively to cases on federal collateral review.  Ramos held the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial, as incorporated against the states, requires a unanimous verdict to convict a defendant of a serious offense.  Only two states, Oregon and Louisiana, had permitted conviction for a serious offense on a 10-2 jury verdict.

The certiorari stage briefing in Edwards is available on the Supreme Court's website here.