|Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd,|
The Lord Chief Justice
"It seems unlikely that [the Lord Chief Justice, Lord] Thomas [of Cwmgiedd] will disagree with [his predecessor, Lord] Judge and declare majority verdicts inherently unlawful. But perhaps he will refer the issue to the supreme court. Or perhaps his court will decide that convicted defendants are entitled to know whether they have been convicted by a majority ruling. If Blackman was convicted unanimously, then presumably that will be the end of the matter – unless the appeal court decides to question the board's sentencing role. But if it turns out that the board that convicted Blackman was split four-three, maybe he will have grounds for seeking a retrial."