Allen charge

noun
Al·​len charge | \ ˈa-lən- \

Legal Definition of Allen charge

: 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

History and Etymology for 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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“Allen charge.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/Allen%20charge. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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