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hung jury

noun
1.
a jury that cannot agree on a verdict.
Origin of hung jury
1840-1850
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50
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  • The case, even at that point, might have ended with an acquittal or a hung jury, but Donnely wasn't through using his blackjack.

    The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • But it was little surprise to any one at the ranch when the trial resulted in a hung jury.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch

    Jackson Gregory
  • The trial resulted in a hung jury the first time, and in an acquittal on the second trial.

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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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