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hung jury

a jury that cannot agree on a verdict.
Origin of hung jury
1840-50, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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.

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