hung jury


noun

a jury that cannot agree on a verdict.

Nearby words

  1. hundredweight,
  2. huneker,
  3. huneker, james gibbons,
  4. hung,
  5. hung hsiu-ch'uan,
  6. hung up,
  7. hung-up,
  8. hung-wu,
  9. hung.,
  10. hungarian

Origin of hung jury

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

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Culture definitions for hung jury

hung jury

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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