hung jury


: a jury whose members cannot agree about what the verdict should be
The trial ended with a hung jury and the judge declared a mistrial.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The health system, Dr. Fabio Ortega and the girl’s family agreed to the settlement after a three-week-long trial over the case in Cook County Circuit Court, which resulted in a hung jury Friday. Lisa Schencker, Chicago Tribune, 10 Apr. 2023 But the case against Rohana dragged on for years, impeded first by a hung jury and then the covid-19 pandemic and worsening relations between the United States and China. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2023 Norris’ first trial also resulted in a hung jury. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 6 Apr. 2023 Howerton's first trial ended in a hung jury. Marc Duvoisin, San Antonio Express-News, 31 Mar. 2023 The second trial also resulted in a hung jury, weighted more heavily in favor of the prosecution. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Mar. 2023 The records suggest that the Tutsons’ assailants likely never faced convictions, and like most of the cases that federal authorities brought against white vigilantes, the Tutsons’ case—if there even was one—may have ended in a hung jury or acquittal. Eric Herschthal, The New Republic, 23 Mar. 2023 Last year, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty by a Los Angeles jury — though in a mixed verdict, the hung jury could not reach an unanimous decision on all counts with the judge declaring a mistrial on three of seven charges. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 14 Mar. 2023 Each time, his trial ended with a hung jury or the conviction was reversed on appeal, and the prosecutor pursued the case again. The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2023 See More

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“Hung jury.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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hung jury

: a jury whose members are unable to agree on a verdict
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