Definition of mistrial
: a trial that has no legal effect by reason of some error or serious prejudicial misconduct in the proceedings
Examples of mistrial in a Sentence
The judge declared a mistrial.
Recent Examples of mistrial from the Web
His first trial ended with a hung jury and a mistrial in November.
The ensuing headlines prompted Shkreli 's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, to ask U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning to declare a mistrial.
Cosby's legal team declared victory after the mistrial and then his representatives announced the town hall tour.
After Judge Steven T. O’Neill declared a mistrial on Saturday, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office tweeted that the prosecutor would try the case again.
The trial of Ray Tensing, a white University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in July 2015, resulted in a hung jury on Friday, marking the second time Tensing’s case has ended in a mistrial.
After a six-day trial, a Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial last week after the jury said it was deadlocked.
On Saturday, a Pennsylvania judge granted a mistrial after the jury had announced that they were deadlocked for the second time in the trial of Bill Cosby.
Already one Missouri state-court judge has declared a mistrial in one of the talcum-powder lawsuits against J&J because of the Supreme Court decision.
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Definition of mistrial for English Language Learners
law : a trial that is not valid because of an error or because the jury is unable to decide a verdict
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