jury nullification

noun

Definition of jury nullification

  1. :  the acquitting of a defendant by a jury in disregard of the judge's instructions and contrary to the jury's findings of fact

First Known Use of jury nullification

1972


Law Dictionary

jury nullification

noun

Legal Definition of jury nullification

  1. :  the acquitting of a defendant by a jury in disregard of the judge's instructions and contrary to the jury's findings of fact

Additional Notes on jury nullification

Jury nullification is most likely to occur when a jury is sympathetic toward a defendant or regards the law under which the defendant is charged with disfavor. Except for a statutory requirement to the contrary, a jury does not have to be instructed on the possibility of jury nullification.


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