Non-unanimous jury retrials begin this week

UMATILLA COUNTY – The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in April that it was unconstitutional to allow jury votes of 11-1 or 10-2 to decide a guilty verdict in a criminal trial. Oregon was the last state in the union to allow non-unanimous verdicts, and a number of cases will be sent back for appeal.

Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said that the first one will be in court this week, with a pretrial hearing Monday and an appeal trial beginning the next day.

“Shaun Allen Dick is a sodomy-one case from about five years ago,” Primus said.

Dick had been sentenced to more than 16 years in 2016.

Primus said that so far five cases have been sent back to Umatilla County and three have had trial dates set.

“There will be a handful more coming in as well,” Primus said. “We are making sure that those individuals are brought back, that we get them on the docket in a timely manner, and we get them retried in a timely manner.”