Editor's Note: Liberty Nation's Washington Political Columnist Tim Donner and Legal Affairs Editor Scott Cosenza sit down to discuss legal challenges and cases taking place across America. This is the transcript of Liberty Nation Radio heard coast-to-coast on the Radio America Network. A podcast version or a videocast of this program is also available by clicking the links.
Now it is time, some would say beyond time, to talk liberty. That's why we call this segment Talk and Liberty. It's when we welcome back in our regular contributor, constitutional lawyer, Liberty Nation legal affairs editor, but more than that, the man who we have dubbed our guardian of individual liberty, Scott Cosenza. Hello, Scott.
Scott Cosenza: Hello, Tim. Thank you so much.
Tim Donner: You're so welcome. So the Supreme Court of the United States hears arguments on whether a unanimous jury ruling applies retroactively. What's this about?
Scott Cosenza: Well, last year it was a six-to-three case, I think, written by Justice Gorsuch called Ramos or Ramos. In that case, the court ruled that serious sentences especially require unanimous jury verdicts if it is a jury, which is to say that non-unanimous jury verdicts are impermissible for life sentences. For instance, this was a practice done in the deep South in a way that they could have blacks on juries basically, yet still convict them in a racist manner. That's kind of a non-disputed genesis of the practice. Now, the question becomes becau...