a jury that cannot agree on a verdict.
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Origin of hung jury
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Culture definitions for 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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