mis·​tri·​al | \ ˈmis-ˌtrī(-ə)l How to pronounce mistrial (audio) \

Definition of mistrial

: a trial that has no legal effect with regard to one or more of the charges brought against the defendant because of some serious error or prejudicial misconduct in the proceedings or a hung jury

Examples of mistrial in a Sentence

The judge declared a mistrial.
Recent Examples on the Web The judge also ordered any relevant court filings be sealed until the jury is dismissed, to limit the risk of a mistrial. Robert Snell, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Aug. 2022 The jury deadlocked on charges involving the other two, alleged ringleaders Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr., triggering a mistrial. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 11 Aug. 2022 His testimony pushed the rules of the court so often that the plaintiffs openly questioned whether Jones and his attorneys were trying to sabotage the court and force a mistrial. Jim Vertuno And Michael Tarm, Hartford Courant, 5 Aug. 2022 As the jury deliberated Thursday, Reynal requested a mistrial because his team accidentally sent the contents of Jones’ cell phone to lawyers for Heslin and Lewis. Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, 4 Aug. 2022 The attorney, Andino Reynal, argued that a mistrial was warranted because his office accidentally turned over a trove of Mr. Jones’ cellphone records to the plaintiffs, the parents of a six-year old killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting. Rob Copeland, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 The sale comes weeks after his ex-wife, Amber Heard, had her request for a mistrial denied by the judge, who ruled that the verdict in their Virginia defamation trial still stands. Alexandra Schonfeld, PEOPLE.com, 29 July 2022 Heard requested a mistrial earlier in July arguing that the outcome was not supported by the evidence and that one of the jurors was incorrectly seated. Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 In the second trial, a jury also leaned toward acquittal, but no verdict was agreed upon, and it was declared a mistrial. Julian Mark, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mistrial

1628, in the meaning defined above

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mis·​tri·​al | \ ˈmis-ˌtrī-əl How to pronounce mistrial (audio) \

Legal Definition of mistrial

: a trial that terminates without a verdict because of error, necessity, prejudicial misconduct, or a hung jury — see also manifest necessity — compare dismissal sense 2, trial de novo

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