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Allen charge

noun Al·len charge \ˈa-lən-\

Legal Definition of Allen charge

  1. :  a charge to a deadlocked jury to make a further effort to reach a verdict especially by each juror considering the others' opinions with deference —called also dynamite charge

Origin and Etymology of allen charge

from the Supreme Court case Allen v. United States, 164 U.S. 492 (1896), which upheld the right of a trial judge to make such a charge


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