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What is a hung jury?

HUNG juries are not as common as guilty or not guilty verdicts.

However, either the defense team or the prosecution can benefit from a suspension jury.

A suspended jury occurs when a majority of the jurors in a trial cannot vote in one direction

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A suspended jury occurs when a majority of the jurors in a trial cannot vote in one directionCredit: Getty Images

What is a hung jury?

ONE jury in a case representing a randomly selected group of people to make a judgment based on the evidence they received in court during the trial.

Most jury decision to close or vote to reach a verdict of guilty or not guilty. However, there are cases where a jury is suspended.

A suspended jury occurs when a majority of jurors in a trial are unable to vote one way or another to reach a verdict of not guilty or guilty.

An aggressive jury is sometimes called a deadlocked jury.

What happens after a jury is hanged?

When a jury is suspended, the judge encourages the jury to continue deliberating once or twice until a verdict is reached. This direction of the judge is also known as Allen Charge.

If the jury is still unable to agree on a verdict after further deliberation, the judge will declare the case erroneous because a jury has been suspended.

When a wrongdoing is declared, it means that the defendant is neither acquitted nor convicted. Rather, it means that the case can be retried by the prosecution.

In most first instance cases, the prosecution usually goes through another trial.

Defense teams often benefit from an aggressive jury

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Defense teams often benefit from an aggressive juryCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Who benefits from a suspended jury?

When a jury is suspended, the defense team usually has the advantage, while the prosecution is often at a disadvantage.

The defense team benefits because the prosecution has the difficult task of trying to surprise the defense team with any new witnesses or unseen evidence because they have exhausted all legal means before when the jury is suspended.

As a result, the defense team can block any loopholes and correct any mistakes they made in the first trial because they already know the evidence has been presented and can amend what needs to be changed to build a stronger case.

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Huynh Nguyen

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