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Posted: 9/6/2008 6:40:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/6/2008 6:40:43 PM EDT by Rosenrot]
Say a jury is taking a wile to reach a verdict. Fearing a hung jury the judge grows impatient, leaves his chambers and tells the jury that they owe him a verdict.

Is that grounds for a mistrial?
Link Posted: 9/6/2008 6:49:50 PM EDT
Judges do whatever the hell they want to do!
Seems like "rules" and "law" is what they say it is.
Been there........done that.
Link Posted: 9/6/2008 6:50:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Rosenrot:
Say a jury is taking a wile to reach a verdict. Fearing a hung jury the judge grows impatient, leaves his chambers and tells the jury that they owe him a verdict.

Is that grounds for a mistrial?


Not always.  It's called a "dynamite instruction".  If the judge does it too quickly, or perhaps beause Christmas is coming up (saw a rapist/murderer get a new trial based on that), defense might be able to show the jury was pressured into giving a verdict.  But if they spend days longer than necessary to arrive at verdict, the judge may tell them to to shit or get off the pot.
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