Wisconsin governor signs 12-person jury mandate

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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.

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