hung jury

noun
a jury that cannot agree on a verdict.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism

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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.

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Example sentences
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.
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