Hung Jury

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Definition of Hung Jury

A hung jury may result after the arguments from the prosecution and the defense have been given and the jury deliberates the facts of the case but is unable to determine a verdict. Hung juries generally refers to the inability of the jury to reach a near unanimous or unanimous decision of whether or the not defendant (in a criminal case) is guilty or not guilty. If the jury is deciding a civil claim a hung jury can refer to their inability to find for the plaintiff or the defendant.

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