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hung jury

noun
1.
a jury that cannot agree on a verdict.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism
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Examples from the web for hung jury
  • His first trial on similar charges stemming from the same events fizzled out with a hung jury.
  • So the trial took place, they looked at all the evidence and found three officers not guilty and had a hung jury on one.
  • He might get another hung jury which means he'll escape the charges.
  • In the jury room, she called for a hung jury so she could get back to her boyfriend.
  • Buckley's trial ended in a hung jury and he was never retried.
  • King's first trial two years ago ended in a hung jury.
  • The trouble is that historians never come in with a final verdict: usually they are a hung jury.
  • If the jury is heading towards a hung jury verdict, you should press both sides to make more convincing arguments.
  • After either a hung jury or a mistrial the court and parties will decide if another trial will take place with a different jury.
  • If they cannot, the trial will end in a hung jury or mistrial and the case may be tried again.
hung jury in Culture

hung jury definition


A jury that is unable to reach a verdict of guilty or not guilty. The result is a mistrial, and legal proceedings must be reinitiated to bring the case to trial again. Trying the case a second time does not constitute double jeopardy.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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