Louisiana Artists and Culture Bearers Lining Up to Support Effort to Repeal Jim Crow-era Law in Louisiana

New Orleans, La. - A critical mass of artists and culture bearers have joined the effort to get out the vote for Amendment 2. 

"I was born and raised in New Orleans. My work brings me all around the world, and I've always been proud of where I'm from. But the stain in our history of racism and its part in building our broken criminal justice system is nothing to be proud of.

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Dylan Waguespack
Conservative District Attorneys Join Bipartisan Effort to Repeal Jim Crow-era Law in Louisiana

Baton Rouge, La. - This week, four prominent Louisiana District Attorneys joined the bipartisan wave of elected officials and political figures in supporting Amendment 2 in Louisiana, which would require unanimous jury verdicts in felony trials if passed--a requirement in every state but Louisiana and Oregon.

Hillar Moore III, Paul Connick, James Stewart Sr. and Keith Stute. . .

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Dylan Waguespack
Statewide Faith Leadership Rallies Around Passage of Amendment 2 for Unanimous Juries

Baton Rouge, La. - Before a crowd of more than five-hundred, the conservatively principled Louisiana Family Forum presented former District Attorney Ed Tarpley with it’s prestigious Kevin Kane Justice Award Thursday evening at Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge. Tarpley received the award in recognition of his stalwart effort to pass legislation which is the basis for Constitutional Amendment 2, which will appear on the ballot November 6 in Louisiana.

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Dylan Waguespack
Louisiana Law Enforcement Officials Endorse Unanimous Jury Amendment

New Orleans - Today, the Unanimous Jury Coalition announced endorsements from six current and former law enforcement officials from across Louisiana for Constitutional Amendment 2, which would require unanimous jury verdicts for all felony cases. The amendment will appear before Louisiana voters in November. The endorsements announced today include: Craig Webre, Lafourche Parish Sheriff "The Founding Fathers believed that the unanimous jury decision . . .

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ICYMI: Louisiana Columnists Highlight Reasons for Bipartisan Support to End Louisiana's Outlier Split-Jury System

Baton Rouge -  During the 2018 regular legislative session, the media and most legislators where consumed by talk of a looming fiscal cliff, tax policy, and a possible partial state government shut down. Eventually, three extraordinary special legislative sessions were necessary to create a less than ideal solution to the long budget battle, a war that mostly played out along party lines. So, in mid May of 2018 when Republican State Senator Dan Claitor . . .

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ICYMI: Former DA Ed Tarpley Launches Public Campaign for Constitutional Amendment 2

Baton Rouge -  With nearly forty years of legal and prosecutorial experience under his belt, Ed Tarpley addressed the working press and members of the public yesterday with a strong opening argument for passage of of Constitutional Amendment 2, coming to the ballot in Louisiana’s November 6th Election. Tarpley told the audience, “It’s time to put this relic of the Jim Crow era in the past,” as he explained the history behind Louisiana’s non-unanimous jury law which was adopted after the Civil War.

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Dylan Waguespack
Unanimous Jury Coalition Forms Ahead of Issue Two Election, Appoints Statewide Director

Baton Rouge -  Monday members of a newly formed statewide coalition announced their effort to inform voters ahead of a November 6th election that will impact how Louisiana jury verdicts are rendered at the Press Club of Baton Rouge as reporters gathered to hear former District Attorney Ed Tarpley support the measure. John Adams famously said:  “It is the unanimity of the jury that saves mankind.”  But in Louisiana, and Oregon, a vote of ten out of twelve is all that is needed. 

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Dylan Waguespack